The Enfield Haunting is live at Ambassadors Theatre from Thu 30 Nov 2023 to Sat 2 Mar 2024
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).
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.
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+
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West St, London WC2H 9ND
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The Enfield Poltergeist is one of the most famous cases of alleged supernatural activity in modern history. The events took place at 284 Green Street, a council house in Brimsdown, Enfield, London, England, between 1977 and 1979. The alleged poltergeist activity centred around sisters Janet (11) and Margaret Hodgson (13).
The first reports of strange activity began in August 1977, when Peggy Hodgson, the mother of the two girls, called the police to report that furniture was moving and that her children had heard knocking sounds on the walls. A woman police constable who attended the scene reported witnessing a chair “wobble and slide” but “could not determine the cause of the movement.”
Over the next two years, the Hodgson family reported a wide range of paranormal activity, including:
- Furniture moving on its own
- Objects flying through the air
- Loud noises
- Disembodied voices
- Scratching noises
- Janet and Margaret being levitated
The case attracted the attention of the media and the paranormal research community. In 1978, Guy Lyon Playfair, a well-known paranormal investigator, visited the Hodgson house and conducted a series of investigations. Playfair was initially skeptical of the claims, but he eventually came to believe that the family was experiencing genuine supernatural phenomena.
The Enfield Poltergeist case remains one of the most controversial and debated cases of alleged paranormal activity in history. Some people believe that the events were genuine, while others believe that they were a hoax. There is no definitive answer to the question of what really happened at 284 Green Street, but the case continues to fascinate and intrigue people to this day.
In 2015, a three-part drama series called The Enfield Haunting was broadcast on Sky Living. The series was based on the events of the case and featured actors Timothy Spall and Matthew Goode as Guy Lyon Playfair and Maurice Grosse, respectively.
The Enfield Poltergeist case is a fascinating and complex one. There is no doubt that something strange was happening at 284 Green Street, but what exactly that was remains a mystery. The case continues to be investigated and debated by paranormal researchers and enthusiasts alike.