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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.
The production premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in November 2016. It starred Adam Garcia (Wicked) as Father Damien Karras, the priest who exorcises demons. Casting for the London run is yet to be announced.
The Exorcist will be designed 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).
Sean Mathias has previously directed shows at the National Theatre and many productions in the West End, including a production of Waiting for Godot which played two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK. His production of No Man’s Land starred Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and ran at the Wyndham’s Theatre last October.
The production will have two ‘Fright Night’ performances on Friday evenings: a ‘Friday Night is Fright-Night’ show at 6pm, and a ‘Fright Night late show’ at 9pm. The recommended age guidance for the show is 18+.
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