It might be easy to dismiss The Enfield Haunting as simply an attempt to piggyback on the success of 2:22 A Ghost Story, one of the West End’s post-pandemic success stories. But we should examine the evidence: it’s got a great cast, including Catherine Tate as Peggy Hodgson, the single mother living in 1970s North London with her children, who suddenly finds that the furniture has taken on a life of its own. David Threlfall plays Maurice Grosse, the paranormal investigator trying to get to the bottom of what is happening in the house. Threlfall is quality. Then there is the creative team—writer Paul Unwin, who co-created Casualty—and Angus Jackson, a stalwart of the RSC. Add to that that this much-explored real-life story is one that is both troubling and a reflection of its time, and this could be an evening that is both popular and has hidden depth.
The Hodgson’s had no idea what a poltergeist was when, in the summer of 1977, furniture and toys started moving of their own accord. An ordinary, working-class family, who lived in a north London council house became the centre of one of the most famous poltergeist events in the world. This is the story of one night in the spring of 1978 when events were approaching a climax. Based on the first-hand accounts of one of the ghost hunters, THE ENFIELD HAUNTING is the true story of what happened when a dedicated single mother, tries to protect her three children from something that is incomprehensible, deeply disturbing and is hurtling to a terrifying conclusion. Catherine Tate (Dr Who, Queen of Oz) and David Threlfall (Funny Woman, Shameless) star in the world premiere of this major new play by Paul Unwin (co-creator of the world’s longest running medical drama Casualty). Age Recommendation: 12+