Acting legend Ian McKellen will lend his voice to the upcoming production of The Exorcist, as the play makes its West End premiere. McKellen, who is currently playing King Lear in the Chichester Festival Theatre production, will provide the voice of The Demon for the show which runs at the Phoenix Theatre from 20th October.
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Following its UK premiere in Birmingham, this terrifying stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s story The Exorcist comes to London, running at the Phoenix Theatre from October.
Adapted by John Pielmeier, The Exorcist is about the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of famous actors. Two priests, Father Damien Karras and Father Lankester Marrin, visit their home Georgetown in an attempt to rid Regan from the demon, called Pazuzu.
The story was made into a film in 1973 which went on to be nominated for ten Oscars, winning two and becoming the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture. It was renowned for its special effects, which include the famous ‘spinning head’ scene.
This stage adaptation premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2016, and starred Adam Garcia (Wicked) as Karras, Peter Bowles as Merrin and Jenny Seagrove as Chris. (Casting for the London production is yet to be announced.
The Exorcist will have designs by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) with lighting by Tim Mitchell (Guys and Dolls), composition and sound design by Adam Cork (London Road), and illusion design is by Ben Hart (Impossible).
There’s something wrong with Regan. But don’t worry, she’s not alone…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 Damian 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…
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Adam Garcia, Jenny Seagrove and Peter Bowles will star in The Exorcist in London when it opens at the Phoenix Theatre next month. The three actors will reprise their roles from the original Birmingham Rep production, as will Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein and Tristram Wymark as Burke. Elliot Harper will play Father Joe.
A new stage adaptation of The Exorcist is set to open in the West End in October. Adapted by John Pielmeier, the play will run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October to 10 March. The story is about the demonic possession of a twelve-year-old whose parents are famous actors. Two priests are brought in to attempt to exorcise the demons, with terrifying consequences. It is based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty. It was adapted into an Oscar-winning horror film in 1973. The new stage adaptation will be directed by Sean Mathias.