The Devil Himself

AboutFACE Theatre

This fast-moving and engrossing new drama brings to life the amazing true story of Lizzie Nutt. Complete with duels, murder, courtroom drama, a media circus and a scandal that engrossed America.

Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 1882.

Beautiful Lizzie Nutt has the perfect life – the much-admired daughter of Civil War hero Captain Adam Nutt, pursued by eligible gentlemen, particularly the handsome, fast-rising politician Nicholas Dukes who she is engaged to marry.

Dukes however writes her father an astonishing letter calling off their engagement with tales of Lizzie’s scandalous sexual exploits with other men, which leads to mayhem.

When the story is picked up by the media, there is no escaping it and it transforms Lizzie’s life … and the men that surround her.

The play draws on real-life letters, newspaper reports and courtroom extracts to tell the story.


Post-show Q & A with Dr. Andrew Porwancher, Professor of Legal History at Arizona State University and author of the book The Devil Himself, in conversation with Paul Nugent, Friday 1st Sep.

Lizzie Nutt – Mo O’Connell
Nicholas Dukes – Ciaran McGlynn
James Nutt – Michael Mullen
Sheriff Sam Hoover – Eoin O’Sullivan
Captain Adam Nutt – David Ryan
The Ensemble – Helen McGrath, Anna Nugent, Carmel Stephens

Creative Team:
Set Design by Jennifer Keane
Costume Design by Tara McKeever
Lighting Design by Ross McSherry
Sound Design by Jessie Doyle

Production Manager Yvonne Ussher
Stage Manager Alix Bailey
Lighting/Sound Technician Heather Hennessy
Dresser Lizzy Morrissey
ASM/Props Annie Keane
Dramaturgy by Krystal Sweedman
Accent Coaching by Kathleen Warner Yeates
Digital Marketing by Ashley Steed
Graphic Design by Charlie Kranz
Publicity photography by Martin Dunne

Running time 2 Hours and 15 Minutes with a 15 Minute Interval

Tickets: €20 | €16 OAP/student/unemployed

About The Company:
We are  AboutFACE. We believe that Great Stories = Memorable, Meaningful Nights Out.
We promise you a warm welcome, because for us, audience comes first. We find and develop great plays – funny and moving, thrilling and thought-provoking, revealing and inspiring – from Ireland, the United States and beyond, and bring these to vivid life with electric acting from our passionate ensemble of professional actors.

Recent productions include the hit world premieres of Looking at the Sun by Emily Bohannon and Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol by Paul Nugent.

The Devil Himself started life as part of the Scene and Heard Festival, 2022.

23 Aug – 2 Sep 2023
Main Space