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The Exorcist will receive its West End premiere later this year when it opens at the Phoenix Theatre.

45 years after William Peter Blatty's original novel was published and 44 years after the critically acclaimed film debuted, this new stage version will be directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land) and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier. The show previously ran at the Birmingham Rep, starring Adam Garcia. Casting for the West End run is to be announced.

Based on a true story, the show is about a small girl possessed by demons and reduced to an animalistic state, and the attempts of local priest Father Damien to save her.

When the film first debuted it received ten Academy Award nominations (winning two) and became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award winner Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) with lighting by Tim Mitchell (RSC/Guys and Dolls), composition and sound design by Adam Cork (London Road) and illusion design is by Ben Hart (Impossible).

The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018.

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