Without doubt the most frightening production on UK Tour right now – do you dare to get your tickets for The Exorcist? Based on the film and inspired by true events, this thrilling and shocking play is an exhilirating 2 hours for any horror fan.
There is no sofa to hide behind when the action is live on stage, and from the first moment of the show the audienced is immersed in the horror. The tension is high from before the show, created by an atmosphere of fear and antipation in the audience.
An eerie set greets you as we meet our first characters. Like the film, the storyline is based on Regan MacNeil and her mother Chris, an A list actress who moves to a new house whilst she is shooting a film. It is not long before her daughter becomes possessed and the action really begins.
Susannah Edgley plays Regan and she is outstanding. Not only navigating the various special effects of the show, but all the while switching her character between adorable young girl and demon – sometimes instantly. Bravo for what is an incredibly tough role.
Sophie Ward, who many will recognise from TV, plays Chris MacNeil – an emotional rollercoaster for her as the storyline revolves around her character.
Light relief is brought by Tristram Wymark, who returns to the role of Burke having previously performed the role in the West End and the Birmingham Rep. He plays the Director (and drunk) Uncle – and is hilarious to watch. Every potential for humour in his character is found and until his untimely end at the hands of his possessed neice, he has the audience in stitches.
It is without doubt a shocking play, there are moments that are certainly 18+, horrific language and scenes that may shock you even if you’ve seen the film. It certainly adds to the horror and the experience of the show and cannot be faulted.
Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin), Joseph Wilkins (Father Joe), Ben Caplan (Father Damien), Partrick Toomey (Doctor Klein) and Stephen Billington (Doctor Strong) complete a high caliber casting who all deliver strong performances – there is really no weak link in the production.
Technically, this show is brilliant. It tours with it’s own tech team and you can see why. The illusions and the effects are, without spoiling it for you, very nicely done.
Director Sean Matthias along with his team (at Bill Kenwright) have produced an exceptional production – something out of the ordinary for UK tour and this show will delight, shock and scare audiences around England (Octoer 2019) and Scotland (November 2019) for the remainder of it’s tour.
The Exorcist plays Regent Theatre, Stoke until Saturday 5th October 2019 – to book your tickets to Stoke, Milton Keynes, Birmingham or Manchester this month – click here…