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Full casting announced for The Exorcist at New Wimbledon Theatre and on tour

Paul Nicholas

Casting news

THE full cast has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of The Exorcist. Based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, it visits New Wimbledon Theatre from September 24 to September 28, 2019.

Leading the cast will be BAFTA Award winner, Paul Nicholas (pictured right), most recognised for playing the role of Vince Pinner in the celebrated British sitcom Just Good Friends. He will play Father Merin.

Alongside Nicholas will be TV star Sophie Ward (pictured below), best known for her roles in Holby City and Heartbeat, as Chris MacNeil and Ben Caplan, best known for his time as Sgt. Peter Noakes in Call the Midwife, as Father Damien.

The cast is completed by Tristram Wymark (Henry Labouchere in Victoria); Stephen Billington (D.I. Knight in Armchair Detectives); Patrick Toomey (Christopher Sutherland in Holby City); Joseph Wilkins (Young Marx at The Bridge Theatre); Susannah Edgley (The Exorcist in the West End); Jonathan Blakeley (The Mousetrap) and, making her professional debut, Eliza Capel.

Inspired by true events, this devilishly thrilling tale has been adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier and is directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land). It features the voice of Ian McKellen as the Demon.

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…

Sophie Ward

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. Now, 45 years after its release, fans of the film and theatre alike get to experience a visually astounding, intelligent and thrilling theatrical experience.

This production is designed by Olivier Award-winning set designer Anna Fleischle (Death of a Salesman, Young Vic and Home, I’m Darling, National Theatre), with lighting design by multi-award-winning Philip Gladwell (A Very Very Very Dark Matter, The Bridge Theatre). Composition and sound design is by Tony Award-winning Adam Cork (London Road, National Theatre).

Illusions are by Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle Ben Hart, best known for his mind-blowing illusions on Britain’s Got Talent. Projection design is by long-time collaborators Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington (Brief Encounter, Birdsong and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).

Opening at the Theatre Royal Windsor on September 4, 2019, the production will then visit Glasgow, Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.