The Exorcist

Phoenix Theatre

The Exorcist

20 Oct 2017 - 10 Mar 2018

£18.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

2.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

2.0 out of 5.0

Oh please, Mother, make it stop!

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.The stage show based on the book and the film.

Sir Ian McKellen will feature as the voice of the Demon.


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“Intelligent (if imperfect) stage adaptation... Impressive production... admirably resists the temptation to camp it up.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Sir Ian lends his fruity cackle to a storming version... Connolly does well as Regan. It scared the bejasus out of me.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Fitfully shocking, knowingly creaky... delivers the schlock-horror goods... also proffers a decent slice of food for thought.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Dripping with intriguing audio-visual effects... Isn’t always terrifying, but it is always unsettling... Lush on the eye.”

Adam Bloodworth (Metro)

“A replica of the movie and its set-pieces, condensed into a tight, FX-heavy 100 mins... An undoubted technical triumph.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Mathias savours the story’s occult mood... some startling images that make up for the episodic thinness of Pielmeier’s script.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Never truly scary... Mathias is so intent on keeping the action moving there is no time to get to know the characters.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“The cast play fairly consistent second fiddle to visual effects... Does a perfectly good job of telling the story.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“An assault of sound, light, smoke effects and smells(!) to shock you out of your seat. Occasionally this works.”

West End Whingers

“Crass, camp and schlocky staging of a classic of horror cinema.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Has its head-turning moments, but this feels like a Hallowe’en whodunnit with a bit of Catholic hocus pocus thrown in.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Isn't even the scariest play this week... Some quite impressive logic-defying stunts.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Tries to elbow in all the thrills, jumps and scares an audience might want... in the process loses something of the tension.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Less head-turningly scary than mind-numbingly dull and about as spooky as a wet sock.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

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