Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Exorcist both play Edinburgh next week, which would you rather see?

THE stage versions of two iconic blockbusters roll into the Capital next week, and they couldn’t be more different.

Paul Nicholas as Father Merin in The Exorcist
Paul Nicholas as Father Merin in The Exorcist

At The King’s on Leven Street, prepare to be scared witless as, direct from its storming success in the West End, Bill Kenwright presents the spine-tingling live production of The Exorcist.

Based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty which was inspired by true events, this devilishly thrilling tale has been adapted for stage by John Pielmeier and directed by Sean Mathias and features the voice of Ian McKellen as the Demon.

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…

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    The tour stars BAFTA Award Winner Paul Nicholas, best known as Vince Pinner in the sitcom Just Good Friends, as Father Merin and Sophie Ward, best known for her roles in Holby City and Heartbeat, as Chris MacNeil. Ben Caplan, who plays Sgt Peter Noakes in Call the Midwife, plays Father Damien.

    Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the 1973 film adaptation of The Exorcist won two Academy Awards

    Another Academy Award winner gets the live treatment over at The Playhouse next week, when a new musical production Priscilla Queen of the Desert boogies into the Greenside Place venue.

    Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, the smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally!


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    Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime.

    Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. Check out for your chance to win a pair of tickets for the Wednesday evening performance.

    The Exorcist, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 5-9 November, £20-£35, 7.30pm/2.30pm,

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Playhouse, Greenside Place, 5-9 November, £13-£109.50, 7.30pm/2.30pm,