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The Exorcist stage adaptation to embark on tour

The stage production based on the iconic film is going to be haunting audiences across the country

The Exorcist

The stage production of The Exorcist is to embark on a tour.

Following its West End run last year, the show will begin its tour at Theatre Royal Windsor on 2 September before visiting Glasgow, Wimbledon, Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

The stage version is directed by Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land) and was adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier. Before it was in the West End, the piece previously ran at the Birmingham Rep.

Based on a true story, William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel 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 adaptation first debuted it received ten Academy Award nominations (winning two) and became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Further dates and casting for the tour are to be announced, with Ian McKellen once more supplying the voice of the demon in the production.