William Friedkin’s horrifying cinematic masterpiece The Exorcist comes to life on the West End stage this October, with tickets available now. Based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, the story that terrified an entire generation has been adapted for the stage by celebrated playwright John Pielmeier and is directed by the award-winning Sean Mathias.
Based on true events, the bone-chilling tale follows a young girl named Regan, who begins developing the strange psychological symptoms of an uncategorisable condition. Dumbfounding the doctors, Regan’s disposition continues to turn more nightmarish by the day. Fearing the unthinkable, her terrified mother summons Father Damien, a faith-shaken priest, who finds himself thrust into an encounter with an unimaginable evil in the battle for the young girl’s soul.
More than 40 years after William Friedkin’s genre-defining masterpiece was unleashed onto an unexpecting cinema audience, The Exorcist is still consistently regarded as one of the scariest films ever made. Released in 1973, the motion picture triggered a worldwide controversy through its spine-chilling visuals and darkly absorbing narrative, causing audiences to scream and in some cases faint in cinemas across the globe.
The film’s commanding legacy includes 10 Academy Awards nominations, 7 Golden Globe nominations and remains one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time. This terrifying titan of the genre is a powerful landmark in the history of horror and continues to inspire new generations of writers and filmmakers to this day.
Director Sean Mathias has worked extensively in the West End and on Broadway, with notable productions including his revival of Waiting for Godot which premiered at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2009 going on to tour in the UK and internationally.
In 2013 The Exorcist played on Broadway alongside the Mathias’ production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land. No Man’s Land starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2016, winning Best Revival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards that year.
Mathias is joined by an incredible creative team including Olivier Award-winning designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), with lighting by Tim Mitchell who worked on the RSC’s Richard II starring David Tennant. The production’s composition and sound is designed by Adam Cork (London Road), with illusion and effects design by Ben Hart (Impossible).
After premiering at Birmingham Rep, the majority of the original cast transfers, including Jenny Seagrove (How the Other Half Loves, Fallen Angels) as Chris MacNeil, Adam Garcia (Wicked) as Father Damien and Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, alongside Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Elliot Harper as Father Joe and Tristan Wymark as Burke, as well as the voice of The Demon by Ian McKellen.
This devilishly dark production plays a limited run at the Phoenix Theatre, with tickets available from the 20th October 2017 to 10th March 2018.
Important informationPlaying at: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JG
Performance dates: 10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Age recommendation: Recommended age guidance 18+
Special notice: Horror enthusiasts should not miss the opportunity to get tickets to this seminal story brought back to life on-stage, whilst fans of Blatty’s iconic novel will adore this faithfully terrifying adaption.