45 YEARS SINCE THE OSCAR WINNING FILM’S UK CINEMA RELEASE
FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE TOUR OF THE WEST END HIT
BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS
DIRECTED BY SEAN MATHIAS
STARRING PAUL NICHOLAS, SOPHIE WARD & BEN CAPLAN
‘A grand polished blockbuster. Visually miraculous. It is a thrill to watch’
‘A storming version of The Exorcist’
‘A genuine crowd pleaser’
The full cast has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of The Exorcist, starring national treasure and BAFTA Award Winner, Paul Nicholas, most recognised for playing the role of Vince Pinner in the celebrated British sitcom Just Good Friends, who will play Father Merin. Alongside Paul will be TV star Sophie Ward, best known for her roles in Holby City and Heartbeat playing Chris MacNeil, and household name Ben Caplan best known for his time as Sgt. Peter Noakes in Call the Midwife, who will play Father Damien. This talented trio will lead the cast for the UK and Ireland tour of the spine-tingling live production of The Exorcist,based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty.
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 of Young Marx at The Bridge Theatre; Susannah Edgley who starred in The Exorcist in the West End;Jonathan Blakeley from The Mousetrap and making her professional debut is Eliza Capel.
Inspired by true events, this devilishly thrilling tale has been adapted for stage by John Pielmeier and directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land), featuring 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…
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). Lighting Design is by multi-award winning designer 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 4 September 2019, the production will then visit Glasgow,Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.
A PLAY BY JOHN PIELMEIER
ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL BY WILLIAM PETER BLATTY
DIRECTED BY SEAN MATHIAS
PRODUCED BY BILL KENWRIGHT
Please note this production contains adult material and scenes of a sexual nature, which may shock and offend.
Theatre Royal, Windsor theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Mon 2 Sep – Sat 14 Sep 01753 853 888
Theatre Royal, Glasgow atgtickets.com/theatreroyalglasgow
Tue 17 Sep – Sat 21 Sep 0844 871 7647
Wimbledon New Theatre atgtickets.com/newwimbledon-theatre
Tues 24 Sep – Sat 28 Sep 0844 871 7646
Stoke, Regent Theatre atgtickets.com/regent-theatre
Tues 01 Oct– Sat 5 Oct 0844 871 7649
Milton Keynes Theatre atgtickets.com/miltonkeynestheatre
Tues 8 Oct – Sat 12 Oct 0844 871 7652
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre atgtickets.com/birmingham
Tues 15 Oct– Sat 19 Oct 0844 871 3011
Manchester Opera House atgtickets.com/operahousemanchester
Mon 21 Oct – Sat 26 Oct 0844 871 3018
Dublin Gaiety Theatre gaietytheatre.ie
Tues 29 Oct – Sat 2 Dec 0818 719 38
00 353 (0)818 903 001 (UK residents)
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh capitaltheatres.com/kingstheatre
Tues 5 Nov – Sat 9 Nov 0131529 6000
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness eden-court.co.uk
Tues 12 Nov – Sat 16 Nov 01463 234 234
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen aberdeenperformingarts.com
Tues 19 Nov – Sat 23 Nov 01224 641 122