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The Exorcist comes to the West End stage for the first time

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FORTY-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist is coming to the West End stage for the first time in what is described as a uniquely theatrical experience.

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. Tickets will go on general sale at 4pm on Friday, August 11.

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.

Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It’s hurting.

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.

Sean Mathias has worked at the Royal National Theatre and many times in the West End and on Broadway, as well as extensively internationally. In 2009/2010, his production of Waiting For Godot played two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK and internationally. In 2013, Godot played Broadway along with his production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land, the latter transferring to Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2017 starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and won Best Revival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016.

Presented by Bill Kenwright, The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award-winning designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), with lighting by Tim Mitchell (RSC/Guys and Dolls), composition and sound design by Adam Cork (London Road) and illusion design by Ben Hart (Impossible). Casting has not yet been announced.

The Exorcist is presented by special arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder, and in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

NB: This production contains material which may shock and offend. Recommended age guidance 18+.

Tickets: Available by phone on 0844 871 7629 or online at

Times: Monday to Thursday at 8pm. Friday is ‘Fright-Night’ with performances at 6pm and 9pm. Saturday at 4pm and 8pm.

Evita continues at the Phoenix Theatre until October 14, 2017.