The Exorcist

The Exorcist Tickets

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 in the West End.

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, who all reprise their roles in the West End. 

The Exorcist has 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).

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About The Exorcist:

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…

The Exorcist Child Policy:
Recommended age guidance 18+
John Pielmeier, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
Bill Kenwright
Sean Mathias
Tim Mitchell
Adam Cork
Anna Fleischle
The Exorcist Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Available from: 
Saturday, 10 March, 2018
Saturday, 10 March, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 10 March, 2018

Phoenix Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest tube:
Tottenham Court Road

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The West End and Broadway have increasingly become like expanded multiplex cinemas, with live action versions of film hits now a well-established genre (next up on Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Mean Girls, Frozen and King Kong); but plans to transfer Back to the Future to the stage are now in the past, and we are also yet to see stage versions of, say, Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of... Read more

Latest The Exorcist News & Features

Adam Garcia interview - 'I've been sitting in a dark room to prepare for The Exorcist'
Monday, October 30, 2017

It's a quarter of a century since the Sydney-born dancer, singer and actor Adam Garcia joined the company of an Australian-made theatre dance show called Hot Shoe Shuffle that would bring him to the West End for the first time - and now he's back there again, aged 44 but still very youthful looking, in a new stage version of William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel The Exorcist, about a young girl who is demonically possessed. "I've had a very varied career," he says as we sit in the deserted stalls bar of the Phoenix Theatre, before technical rehearsals for the play that afternoon.

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen to provide voice of The Demon in The Exorcist
Friday, October 13, 2017

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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