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The Enfield Haunting - Inspired by Real Events

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Booking from
Thursday, 30 November 2023

Booking until
Saturday, 2 March 2024

Running time
1 Hour 15 minutes (no interval)

Performance Times

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The Enfield Haunting

The Enfield haunting – Brilliantly scary... and true!

Meet the Hodgsons: the single mother Peggy and her three children. They didn’t have any idea what a poltergeist was when one started moving stuff around their council house in Enfield. The year was 1977, and the ordinary working-class family ended up spending a year and a half at the horrible heart of one of the world’s best-known poltergeist events. The sixteen-year-old Janet was apparently possessed, seen floating six feet in the air in an upstairs room. Her voice changed beyond all recognition. Doctors were baffled. The family was petrified. And this is a truly extraordinary rendition of the story.

Paul Unwin’s new play is based on this true horror, starring comedian and actress Catherine Tate as Peggy and David Threlfall, who played Frank Gallagher in the highly acclaimed TV series Shameless, as the ghost hunter Maurice Grosse. This is what occurs on one fateful night in the spring of 1978 when the poltergeist haunting was approaching its climax. Based on the first-hand accounts of one the one the ghost hunters, it reveals what happens when Peggy Hodgson tries to protect her children from something dark, incomprehensible, and deeply disturbing. Theatre tickets for The Enfield Haunting take you to the story’s terrifying conclusion.

Audience Latest Reviews

Reviews Summary based on 16 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

Better than expected
I booked the show before it had started it's run so had no reviews to refer to. We were in Stalls row 3 around the middle of the row. In retrospect the circle might have been better as we had a great view of the main stage but limited views of the upstairs of the set. Closer to the date of the show I happened to look at some reviews and found them largely negative so I wasn't expecting too much. However we all thoroughly enjoyed the show. I think it helped that I knew the story fairly well.
David, 22 Feb 2024
A must-see
I loved this show because ... It starts out with an element of comedy that a) entertains you, and b) lulls you into a false sense of security. But it is both dark and scary. And you don't see it coming. It works on many levels. You must see this!
Stephen, 20 Feb 2024
We loved it!!!
We came to see Catherine Tate especially and came away loving not only her but the whole production. Some great scary bits but balanced with humour, loved it :)
Oliver, 06 Feb 2024
Cosy place and good play
Hello. I am from Norway. Easy to find teatre. I understand all the actors. They speak very good english. Thanks for nice evening. Regards Frode Bråtveit Norway
Frode, 29 Jan 2024
Mundane production of a good story
Very average show. After watching various tv and film incarnations of the story I was expecting something a little better. So much more could have been made of it allowing for the limitations of a state production. A better and more fluent script could have easily dissolved any of these reservations. Ending was a complete cop out, and really upended the show to being all about the mother and not Janet.
Fergus, 04 Jan 2024
The play was funny with a few jump scares. The only downside, it was a bit short at just over 70 minutes long.
Mark, 08 Dec 2023
This was a very good production, although I felt it ended prematurely, without any real closure. It’s probably one of the most terrifying productions I have seen - the changes in lighting were the most enjoyable part for me and of course seeing CT large groups were walking in up to 15 minutes late, people we’re talking through parts of it and yet offended when a phone went off.
Samra, 08 Dec 2023