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Ian McKellen is the Demon’s Voice in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre

Monday, 16th Oct 2017  

The Exorcist - Phoenix Theatre

Though audiences were hardly short of reasons to pick up tickets to see The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre this year, another announcement has emerged for the production that makes popular demand guaranteed.

The show’s demon will have a legendary voice when the production opens in October as Ian McKellen lends his vocals to the proceedings. Anyone that remembers the classic film released in the 1970s will know that this means he will have some ‘interesting’ things to say.

McKellen’s involvement ensures plenty of attention for a show that is already a must-see. After all, McKellen has an iconic voice that has lent itself to some popular film roles in the likes of X-Men and The Lord Of The Rings, as well as providing the gravitas to some of his stage roles. Recent years have seen him appear in the West End various shows, including Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s Theatre, to name but two productions.

His voice will join the cast of live performers that includes Jenny Seagrove as Chris MacNeil alongside Peter Bowles as one of the titular exorcists. Together they will be providing something of a Halloween treat for fans of William Peter Blatty’s novel and William Friedkin’s subsequent film version.

And there are many fans out there. After all, The Exorcist is widely regarded as one of the scariest films of all time. The story centres on the character of Regan (Clare Louise Connolly) a young girl who experiences some strange changes, prompting her mother Chris to seek medical advice. However, it soon becomes apparent that the changes are not scientific, but something else entirely, leading to the priests Father Damien Karras and Father Lankester Merrin performing a horrifying exorcism to rid Regan of demonic possession.

The Exorcist, which also stars Adam Garcia, Todd Boyce, Elliot Harper, Isla Lindsay, Mitchell Mullen and Tristram Wymark, plays at the Phoenix Theatre from Friday 20th October 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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