On 20th October, The Exorcist came to the Phoenix Theatre in the West End for a limited run. Following on from the controversial 1973 horror film, the iconic terrifying tale is now brought to live audiences for the first time ever.
Jenny Seagrove, who plays Chris MacNeil in the production, said:
“I’ve been told this evening [The Exorcist] makes The Woman In Black like a tea party.”
The show is designed to play on the vicarious nature of fear, in that when one person laughs, others laugh, and when one person screams, it disperses throughout the room into a kind of hysteria.
The Exorcist is a play adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. The story follows a young girl, Regan, who is struck down by a mysterious illness. Her desperate mother, Chris, calls in everyone she can to help. But when the medical professionals cannot provide any answers to Regan’s symptoms, Chris is forced to turn to the local priest. Father Damien is forced to tackle the demons that appear to save more than just a little girl’s soul.
The cast have followed a successful season at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre to the West End. It includes 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. Further casting includes 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. The Demon will be voiced by Ian McKellen.
Considered to be one of the scariest stories of all time, William Friedkin’s two-time Academy Award-winning masterpiece shocked audiences into fainting, and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time. The new production will no doubt prove popular with fans of the original feature film and will likely scare the living daylights out of anyone brave enough to buy tickets.
The production will run until 10th March 2018 and tickets are available online.