The West End hit, Bill Kenwright Productions’ stage adaptation of The Exorcist, is now at Theatre Royal Windsor ahead of a new UK-wide tour. Is this demonic tale as scary as ever? We’ve rounded up a selection of review highlights. Time to get booking!
Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of William Peter Blatty‘s best-selling 1971 novel The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. William Friedkin’s screen masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out. It went on to win two Academy Awards and became 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.
Inspired by true events, The Exorcist centres on the strange symptoms of young Regan. When the medical profession fails to provide answers, Regan’s desperate mother Chris (Sophie Ward) turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien (Ben Caplan) can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs and unite with exorcism expert Father Merrin (Paul Nicholas), as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul…
Nicholas, Ward and Caplan star in director Sean Mathias‘ new touring production, along with Tristram Wymark, Stephen Billington, Patrick Toomey, Joseph Wilkins, Susannah Edgley, Jonathan Blakeley, and, making her professional debut as Regan, Eliza Capel.
Following its opening season at Windsor, The Exorcist will tour until 23 November 2019, visiting Glasgow, Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.
The Exorcist runs from 4 to 14 September 2019 at the Theatre Royal Windsor (less than an hour by train from London), 32 Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS, with performances Monday to Saturday at 8pm, and 4.45pm matinees on Friday 6, Saturday 7, Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 September. Tickets priced from £19.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!