'Would you like to play a game, Regan?'
It is announced today that Sir Ian McKellen
will feature in the West End premiere of the terrifying stage adaptation The Exorcist
as the voice of the Demon. The trailer which features a preview of McKellen's
devilish new role can be viewed here
From 20 October at the Phoenix Theatre, the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias
and adapted by John Pielmeier
'Oh please, Mother, make it stop!'
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.
'I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter!'
As previously announced, Jenny Seagrove
will play Chris MacNeil opposite Peter Bowles
as Father Lankester Merrin, Adam Garcia
as Father Damien Karras, Todd Boyce
as Doctor Strong, Elliot Harper
as Father Joe, Isla Lindsay
as Sharon, Mitchell Mullen
as Doctor Klein, Tristram Wymark
as Burke and Clare Louise Connolly
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.
Multi award-winning Sir Ian McKellen
has had a 55 year long career on stage and on screen. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has played Romeo, Macbeth, Iago and King Lear and at the National Theatre, has appeared in productions of Coriolanus
, Richard III
, Uncle Vanya
and The Seagull
. He gained his first Oscar nomination for Gods and Monsters
and his second for Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
. He is Magneto to Patrick Stewart's Xavier in the X-Men movies
, Richard III and most recently Mr Holmes. He is currently starring in King Lear
in Chichester and was last seen on stage in London with Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land
The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle
), Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell
(Five Guys Named Moe
), Composition and Sound Design by Adam Cork
), Projection Design by Jon Driscoll & Gemma Carrington
) and Illusion Design is by Ben Hart
). Associate Director is Alexander Lass