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About the show

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

Cult classic horror story The Exorcist receives its West End premiere at the Phoenix Theatre, forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s original novel was first published. Following a successful run with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the unique theatrical experience comes to London for a strictly limited season, presented by Bill Kenwright.

Based on the 1971 novel of the same name, The Exorcist is arguably best known as William Friedkin’s 1973 film, starring Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn. Considered as one of the scariest movies of all time, the two-time Academy Award-winning screenplay shocked audiences across the nation, becoming one of the top ten all-time highest grossing films.

Inspired by true events, the story follows a young girl, Regan, who is rocked by strange symptoms. When the medical profession fails to pinpoint the problem, her desperate mother Chris is forced to turn to the Church for help. Convincing Father Damien to assist her, the pair are forced to face horrifying events.

First, Father Damien must confront his fears and overcome his own shaken beliefs in order to fight for more than just one girl’s soul. Adapted into a play by John Pielmeier, the stage production received its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2012, before reappearing in the UK in 2016.

Casting includes Jenny Seagrove (How the Other Half Loves) as Chris MacNeil, opposite Adam Garcia (Wicked) as Father Damien and Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin. Additional casting includes Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Elliot Harper as Father Joe and Tristan Wymark as Burke, as well as the voice of Ian McKellen as The Demon.

Directed by Sean Mathias, who most recently brought No Man’s Land to the West End, The Exorcist features design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle, as well as lighting design by Tim Mitchell and illusion design by Ben Hart, with sound and original compositions by Adam Cork.

A terrifying theatrical event that is sure to frighten even the hardiest theatregoer, The Exorcist plays a limited run at the Phoenix Theatre. Performances run from October 20th to March 10th 2018.

Who Should See It?

Fans of the film will find the stage experience even more terrifying! Perfectly suitable for those looking for a spooky night out.

Due to themes of violence, adult language and scenes, The Exorcist has an age guidance of 18+.

Playing at

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Phoenix Theatre seating plan

Booking period

20th Oct 2017

16th Dec 2018

10th Mar 2018

Running time

2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended age guidance 18+