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The Exorcist to make UK stage premiere in new Birmingham Rep season

The Exorcist will run over Halloween at Birmingham Rep from October 21 to November 5
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A stage adaptation of The Exorcist is to make its UK premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this Halloween.

Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel – later turned into a film in 1973 – the play is written by John Pielmeier, and will run as part of the theatre’s new season from October 21 to November 5.

The horror adaptation is being produced by Bill Kenwright, in association with Birmingham Rep.

It will run alongside a new 15-minute immersive performance, Seance, which will play in total darkness inside a shipping container outside the theatre.

Birmingham Rep’s autumn and winter season features three world premieres, including Chris Hannan’s new play What Shadows, which will run at the theatre from October 28 to November 12.

At the same time, a new collaboration between Birmingham Rep and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Cold Calling: The Arctic Project – will run from November 8 to 12.

The piece will star Jan Pearson, who will perform text written by Anthony Neilson, while accompanied by live music from the CBSO and projections by Simon Wainwright.

Another new play, Looking for John by Tony Timberlake, will be staged at the theatre November 15 to 19, directed by the theatre’s associate director Tessa Walker.

The theatre’s christmas show will be a new staging of Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Phillip Breen.

Elsewhere, the theatre will host 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – which it is co-producing with Kneehigh – after it runs at the Globe, directed by Emma Rice.

Another co-production, The Importance of Being Earnest, will run at the theatre from September 9 to 24, before it travels to Curve in Leicester.

The Birmingham theatre has also announced it will host the National Theatre’s tour of Jane Eyre in September 2017.

Artistic director Roxana Silbert said she was “particularly proud” to be premiering three new plays that have “local, national and international resonance”.

“We continue to attract fantastic audiences by commissioning the best new plays, writers and directors in the country and hosting the cream of national and international companies and theatremakers,” she said.

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