The Enfield Haunting is at Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday 14th November 2023 to Saturday 18th November 2023.
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) immediately prior to a west end season.
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 said: “I’m thrilled to be part of The Enfield Haunting and can’t wait to start working with the first-class creative team and the brilliant David Threlfall.”
David Threlfall, who played Frank Gallagher in the highly acclaimed TV series Shameless, is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (he played Don Quixote in the RSC’s production of and last year was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Hangman, plays Maurice Grosse, a ghost hunter.
David said: ‘I’m delighted to be reuniting with director Angus Jackson and working for the first time with the amazing Catherine Tate on Paul Unwin’s version of the UK’s most famous incident of psychological inhabitation, The Enfield Haunting, in 1977.’
Further cast and creatives will be announced in due course.
Book tickets for The Enfield Haunting which is at Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday 14th November 2023 to Saturday 18th November 2023.
Tue – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
Age guidance 12+
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New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD
For Information – This May Contain Spoilers
The Enfield Poltergeist is a famous case of alleged supernatural activity that took place in London, England, between 1977 and 1979. The events centered around two sisters, Janet and Margaret Hodgson, who were 11 and 13 years old at the time.
The first reports of strange activity began in August 1977, when the girls’ mother, Peggy Hodgson, called the police to report that furniture was moving and that her children had heard knocking sounds on the walls. A police constable who attended the scene witnessed 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.
The case has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and documentaries. It was also the inspiration for the 2015 three-part drama series The Enfield Haunting.
The Enfield Poltergeist is a complex and fascinating case. 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.
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