The Devil's Passion comes to St Albans Cathedral
Thu, 6 April 2017 at 7.30pm
The Devil’s Passion, an extraordinary solo piece of theatre, comes to St Albans Cathedral during Lent 2017 to offer a radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative of the Passion of Christ. On Thursday 6th April award-winning playwright Justin Butcher will perform his one-man play in the stunning setting of the Cathedral Nave.
Described as “A serious and seriously fine piece of writing, a terrific performance” by the Church Times, The Devil’s Passion tells the Easter story from the perspective of a diabolical Secret Service Chief, striving to combat “extremism” in the Middle East in defence of our “freedoms”. Directed by Olivier award-winner Guy Masterson, the play is set in 33AD when Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny and Satan ascends from hell to stop him. Thus a dramatic battle begins for the soul of humanity.
This intriguing production is currently being adapted as a major drama for BBC Radio with the much loved star of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet, in the title role and has been received to wide critical acclaim;
“Timely, beautifully written, ingenious, poignant – an impressively versatile performance, in which Butcher’s writing shines” Huffington Post
“The nuance of Butcher’s writing and the intelligence and rigour of its theology … make The Devil’s Passion such a worthwhile and forceful piece of theatre.” The Stage and Television Today, UK.
The Sub Dean of St Albans said: “When you get the likes of David Suchet and The Stage newspaper describing something as ‘remarkable’ and ‘forceful’ you know you’re on to a good thing! Seeing The Devil’s Passion is a brilliant way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter, and in the uniquely evocative space of the Cathedral, it promises to be an entertaining and inspiring performance.”
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at stalbanscathedral.org/whatson or by phoning the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290.