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The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre

The Exorcist to terrify West End this Halloween

First Published 9 August 2017, Last Updated 14 August 2017

Sean Mathias’ terrifyingly visceral staging of The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, will be unleashed on West End audiences this Winter at the Phoenix Theatre.

Forty-five years after its source material brought nightmares to an entire generation, the unique theatrical experience will arrive in London’s Theatreland on 20 October 2017, just in time for Halloween, playing a strictly limited run until 10 March 2018.

The story surrounds the shocking symptoms of young Regan, whose startling sudden transformation prompts desperate mother Chris to turn to a local priest for help. But even Father Damien’s beliefs are shaken by the horrors he bears witness to, and he is forced to confront his own doubts in a divine battle for the girl’s soul.

The 1973 film of The Exorcist is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all-time, sparking unprecedented worldwide controversy upon its release. It went on to claim two Academy Awards, as William Friedkin’s masterpiece petrified audiences to the point of passing out, eventually becoming one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

This stage adaptation of The Exorcist originally premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in November 2016. 

Director Mathias’ most recent credits include the UK and international tour of Waiting For Godot, which also played at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and the Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart-starring No Man’s Land last Christmas.

The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre will be designed by Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), with lighting design by Tim Mitchell (RSC/Guys and Dolls), sound design by Adam Cork (London Road), and illusions by Ben Hart (Impossible). 

You can book your tickets to The Exorcist in the West End through us here.


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