Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist is unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.
The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20th October 2017 to 10th March 2018.
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…
Jenny Seagrove will play Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, 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.
Bill Kenwright presents
A play by John Pielmeier.
Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty.
Directed by Sean Mathias.
By Special Arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder
In Association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Monday to Thursday and Saturday at 8.00pm and Friday at 9.00pm. Matinees on Friday at 6.00pm and Saturday at 4.00pm. No performances on Sundays.
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0JP
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Tube Lines: Central, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.
Railway Station: Euston
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 29, 176; (Shaftesbury Avenue) 19, 38
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176 N29, N41, N279; (Shaftesbury Avenue) N5, N19, N20, N38
Car Park: Chinatown
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop and Toilets
The Phoenix Theatre London
While the elevation of this theatre which fronts onto Charing Cross Road looks somewhat simplistic, the art deco interior which was designed by the Russian director and designer Theodore Komisarjevsky is superb. In the 1970′s the entrance to the theatre was moved from Charing Cross Road to Phoenix Street, while the Advance Box Office is half-way between the two in Charing Cross Road.
In 1986 part of the adjacent car park, which had been a former bomb site, was used to build a cinema, and this has now been demolished to make way for residential development. Karl Marx once lived in the building which is one of the oldest in Soho. But its claim to fame in the 20th century was as “Leoni’s Quo Vadis”, one of London’s most respected Italian restaurants founded in the 1930s by Peppino Leoni.
The charm of the ground floor restaurant with its stained glass windows and relatively simple interior has been restored and a menu devised whose range and quality have won instant acclaim. The striking works of art displayed within the restaurant are created in honour to such luminaries as Lucio Fontana and Alberto Giacometti.