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The Exorcist - New Wimbledon Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its West End run at the Phoenix Theatre, Bill Kenwright is presenting a nationwide tour of the spine-tingling live production of The Exorcist. Based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, it will visit New Wimbledon Theatre from Monday, September 23 to Saturday, September 28, 2019.

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

William Friedkin’s 1973 Academy Award-winning film adaption of The Exorcist thrilled audiences across the globe and gained a huge cult following. Now, 45 years after the films release, fans of the film and theatre alike can enjoy a visually astounding, intelligent and haunting theatrical experience.

Opening at the Theatre Royal Windsor on September 2, 2019, the production will then visit Glasgow, Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Bromley, with further dates and star casting to be announced soon.

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.

NB: This production contains adult material and scenes of a sexual nature, which may shock and offend.