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Casting announced for the West End premiere of The Exorcist

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CASTING has been announced for the West End premiere of The Exorcist. Directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier, it will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from October 20, 2017 to March 10, 2018.

The line up includes Jenny Seagrove as Chris MacNeil, Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, the Exorcist of the title, 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.

Peter Bowles’ West End theatre credits include Hay Fever with Judi Dench (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Archie Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer (Shaftesbury Theatre) and several leading roles in classic plays for Sir Peter Hall. He is probably best remembered for playing the role of Richard DeVere in the hit BBC comedy series To The Manor Born as well as leading roles in The Irish RM, The Bounder, Rumpole of the Bailey and Only When I Laugh. He can currently be seen in ITV’s Victoria as the Duke of Wellington.

Jenny Seagrove will be playing the role of Chris, the mother of Regan, who suffers emotional turmoil in the search to find help for her daughter’s ever increasing strange behaviour. Seagrove’s prolific theatre career has seen her play the lead in almost every West End playhouse, with recent credits including Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves (Haymarket), Brief Encounter, Volcano, Tennessee Williams’ Night Of The Iguana, David Rabe’s Hurlyburly and The Country Girl with Martin Shaw. She recently appeared as Louisa Gould in the film Another Mother’s Son but perhaps is best known to TV viewers as QC Jo Mills in ITV’s BAFTA award-winning Judge John Deed.

Adam Garcia, a two-time Olivier Award nominee, was last seen in the West End in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre) and recently starred in the world premiere of Kevin Elyot’s last play Twilight Song (Park Theatre). His musical stage credits include Kiss Me Kate, directed by Trevor Nunn (Chichester/Old Vic); Fiyero in the original London cast of Wicked with Idina Menzel (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Chip in On The Town (London Coliseum) and Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium).

Garcia gained international recognition for leading roles in films including Coyote Ugly and Riding in Cars with Boys with Drew Barrymore, and he appears in Kenneth Branagh’s forthcoming film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

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