Ian McKellen to provide voice of The Demon in The Exorcist

Ian McKellen

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.

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 cast of The Exorcist includes Jenny Seagrove as Chris MacNeil with Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Elliot Harper as Father Joe, Isla Lindsay as Sharon, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Tristram Wymark as Burke and Clare Louise Connolly as Regan.

Adapted by John Pielmeier, the stage adaptation premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre directed by Sean Mathias, and will feature designs by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Adam Cork, projections by John Driscoll and Gemma Carrington and illusions by Ben Hart.

The Exorcist, which is suitable for patrons 18+, is at the Phoenix Theatre from 20th October to 10th March.

The Exorcist Tickets are available now.

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore (flickr)

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