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Jenny Seagrove and Peter Bowles Cast in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre

Saturday, 16th Sep 2017  

The Exorcist - Phoenix Theatre

Whilst August is typically a slower time for theatre news, one announcement managed to turn a few heads in the middle of the month, which concerned a production headed to the Phoenix Theatre in October.

That production is a stage version of the classic horror novel and film The Exorcist, which will see William Peter Blatty’s book transported to a West End theatre, and it will be directed by Sean Mathias when it runs at the Phoenix Theatre for the Halloween season.

It’s now a month later, of course, and now we find out the names of those set to bring the iconic parts to life. Amongst them are Jenny Seagrove and Peter Bowles, who will portray Chris and Father Lankester Merrin respectively. Those characters were famously played by Ellen Burstyn and Max Von Sydow when the story was told on the big screen under the direction of William Friedkin.

Adam Garcia takes up the mantle of Father Damien Karras, played by Jason Miller in the film, alongside Clare Louise Connolly, who follows in the footsteps of Linda Blair as Regan.

The latter character is, of course, at the centre of The Exorcist as she is the child who becomes possessed by a demon. Her mother, Chris, notices the bizarre changes in her and seeks medical help, before realising that her answer lies with the church rather than science, prompting the famous and horrifying exorcism scenes that have stayed in the minds of audiences for decades.

Both the novel and the film versions are celebrated classics of the horror genre, so bringing it to the West End in time for Halloween is sure to be a huge success.

And now with some top names in lead roles this will only add to the excitement, not only with Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin, but Jenny Seagrove as Chris as well. The latter has appeared in a wealth of stage productions and films during her career and previously worked with William Friedkin (the director of the film version of The Exorcist) for the 1990 movie The Guardian.

Further cast members will include Elliot Harper as Father Joe alongside Todd Boyce, Mitchell Mullen and Tristram Wymark.

The Exorcist is set to run 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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