“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”
Prepare for an unforgettable evening of terror inspired by true events, The Exorcist arrives at the Phoenix Theatre this October. Experience this unsettling tale of demonic possession live, who knows what could happen in that room… This spectacular theatrical event will remain with you for many days (and nights) to come.
Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, The Exorcist has been adapted for the stage by American playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier and directed by former Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Haymarket Sean Mathias.
In 1973, Blatty’s epic novel was transformed into what is often referred to as the greatest horror film ever made. ‘The Exorcist’ won two Academy Awards, took $193 million at the box office ($893.78 million adjusted for inflation) and remains an all-time favourite for horror film enthusiasts across the globe.
Don’t miss out on this hotly-anticipated revival of the tale that horrified a generation.
Director Sean Mathias recently brought No Man’s Land to Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Prior to this, his legendary production of Waiting for Godot played two seasons at Theatre Royal Haymarket, as well as touring in the UK and internationally.
The Exorcist is presented by Bill Kenwright, through special arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The production features design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle, illusion design by Impossible’s Ben Hart and lighting design by Tim Mitchell, with sound design and original compositions by Adam Cork.
The cast includes Jenny Seagrove playing Chris MacNeil, Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras, Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Elliot Harper as Father Joe and Tristram Wymark as Burke.
After drugs, medical tests, psychiatrists and doctors are all unable to help, a desperate mother turns to two priests, Father Merrin and Father Karras, for advice about her daughter’s alarming behaviour. Abnormal strength, speaking in what seems to be a male voice and spider-walking are just a few of Regan’s many terrifying symptoms.
Father Merrin and Father Karras soon discover that Regan’s behaviour is the result of something beyond this world. As beds levitate, mysterious noises come from the family’s attic and the town’s church is found defaced and vandalised, both priests must overcome their shaken religious beliefs so that they can fight the fiend inside the young girl.
But, can they overcome their fears, and will anyone survive this demon? Most importantly, will you survive the show?
Recommended age guidance 18+
This production contains material which may shock and offend.
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(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.
NB: Central Line trains will not be stopping at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station until December 2015.