It has been announced that Sir Ian McKellen will feature as the voice of the demon in the upcoming production of The Exorcist, which opens for previews at the Phoenix Theatre on the 20th October. 

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Based on William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel and the hit film, The Exorcist has been transformed for the stage for the first time, directed by  Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier.

The cast for the production includes  Jenny Seagrove  as Chris MacNeil opposite 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.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop!”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul…

“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”

Sir Ian McKellen joins the production to voice the role of the demon, adding to his distinguished career on stage and screen. He was last seen on stage in London opposite Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land and can currently be seen on stage at Chichester Theatre in the title role of King Lear.

The Exorcist is widely considered to be the scariest film of all time, provoking controversy when it was first released in cinemas in 1973. Despite this, it went on to win two Oscars and is one of the highest grossing films of all time.

This brand new stage adaptation is designed by  Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell (Five Guys Named Moe)  with Composition and Sound Design by Adam Cork (London Road), Projection Design by Jon Driscoll & Gemma Carrington(Brief Encounter) and Illusion Design is by Ben Hart (Impossible).

The Exorcist will play at the Phoenix Theatre from the 20th October until the 10th March 2018. To book tickets visit: ATG, Theatre Tickets, Last, Love London Love Culture, See and  Theatre