The Exorcist
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"I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter..."

Winner of two Academy Awards, and widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973.

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist is unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by award-winning film and theatre Director Sean Mathias (Bent, No Man's Land).

"Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It's hurting."

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan's strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what's before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl's soul...

Inspired by true events.

This production contains material which may shock and offend.


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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE EXORCIST (20 SEPTEMBER 2017)

Full casting has been announced for The Exorcist, which will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience, directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier. It will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018.

Reprising their performances from the play's premiere in Birmingham last year, Jenny Seagrove will play Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, and Tristram Wymark as Burke. Elliot Harper joins the cast as Father Joe.

Jenny Seagrove will be playing the role of Chris, the mother of Regan, who suffers emotional turmoil in the search to find help for her daughter's ever increasing strange behaviour. Her prolific theatre career has seen her play the lead in almost every West End playhouse, with recent credits including Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves at the Haymarket, Brief Encounter, Volcano, Tennessee Williams' Night Of The Iguana, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and The Country Girl with Martin Shaw. Jenny recently appeared as Louisa Gould in the film Another Mother's Son but perhaps is best known to TV viewers as QC Jo Mills in ITV's BAFTA award winning Judge John Deed.

Peter Bowles will play Father Lankester Merrin - the Exorcist of the title. Peter's West End theatre credits include Hay Fever with Judi Dench at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and several leading roles in classic plays for Sir Peter Hall. He is probably best remembered for playing the role of Richard DeVere in the hit BBC comedy series To The Manor Born as well as leading roles in The Irish RM, The Bounder, Rumpole of the Bailey and Only When I Laugh. Peter can currently be seen on ITV's Victoria as the Duke of Wellington.

Adam Garcia plays Father Damien Karras. Adam is a two-time Olivier Award nominee, was last seen in the West End in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale (Garrick). Musical stage credits include Kiss Me Kate (Chichester/Old Vic); Fiyero in the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Chip in On The Town (London Coliseum) and Saturday Night Fever(London Palladium). He gained international recognition for leading roles in films including Coyote Ugly and Riding in Cars with Boys, and he appears in Kenneth Branagh's forthcoming film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin's masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.



STAGE VERSION OF THE EXORCIST TRANSFERS TO WEST END (14 AUGUST 2017)

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.

After a premiere season last October at Birmingham Rep, The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at London's Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018. Tickets are now on sale.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin's masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

Director Sean Mathias has worked at the Royal National Theatre and many times in the West End and on Broadway, as well as extensively internationally. In 2009/2010 Sean's production of Waiting For Godot played two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK and internationally. In 2013 Godot played Broadway along with his production of Pinter's No Man's Land, the latter transferring to Wyndham's Theatre in October 2017 starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and won Best Revival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016.

Casting for the West End runs is still to be announced. The Exorcist will hold two evening performances on Fridays, at 6pm and at 9pm. In addition, the production carries a recommended age guidance of 18+ as it contains material which may shock and offend.





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Type of production: Play

Opened: 20 October 2017

Booking until: 10 March 2018

Running time: 1 Hour 40 Mins

Prices: £20.00 - £98.00

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