I'll Be The Devil by Leo Butler

I'll Be The Devil

Originally written for the RSC's Complete Works Festival in response to The Tempest and now fully staged for the first time.

A new RSC commission by Leo Butler and directed by Ramin Gray.


'Civilisation is a process, Lieutenant. It can take years. Generations even. I doubt our own grandchildren will live to see the benefits of our project here.'

An epic and brutal journey into the dark heart of occupied Ireland during the eighteenth century. Knowing that her soldier lover is leaving for England, a local woman unleashes a sequence of events that will result in tragedy for both of their children. With a poetic fearlessness, Leo Butler shows us what happens when a violent foreign power is in intimate and callous contact with the primitive heart of an ancient society.

Originally written for the RSC's Complete Works Festival in response to The Tempest and now fully staged for the first time.


I'll Be The Devil plays at the Tricycle Theatre, London, from Thursday 21 February - Saturday 8 March 2008.

Additional information
I'll Be The Devil contains strong language and explicit scenes of an adult nature.

At the Tricycle Theatre