Catherine Tate, David Threlfall to star in new West End play 'Enfield Haunting'

Angus Jackson directs this paranormal production that will play at the Brighton Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre prior to its limited West End run.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

Catherine Tate and David Threlfall will star in a new play, The Enfield Haunting, at The Ambassadors Theatre from 30 November 2023 to 2 March 2024.

This production is based on the true story of the working-class Hodgson family, who begun to experience paranormal events in their North London house in 1977.

Tate will play Peggy Hodgson, a single mother who's trying to protect her three children from the strange poltergeist.

“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.” The actress said in a statement.

Threlfall will star as Maurice Grosse, a ghost hunter determined to help the Hodgson family, but as the events continue, he realises it might be slightly beyond his range of expertise.

Paul Unwin wrote this paranormal play based on first-hand accounts from one of the ghost hunters that helped in the 1977 Enfield house.

The writer said in a statement, "Before Guy Lyon Playfair the poltergeist expert died in 2018, I spent a long afternoon with him in his basement flat in Earls Court. He and Maurice Grosse had spent months with the Hodgson family trying to protect them, but also make sense of what was going on. What Guy told me was terrifying. So much of what appears to have happened was impossible to fake and yet at the centre of the whole thing were real people trying to make sense of their lives"

Catherine Tate is a renowned actress on both stage and screen. She is currently starring in BBC series Queen of Oz, and has also played title roles in television series including Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show, Big School, and The Office.

David Threlfall, who played Frank Gallaghar in the TV series Shameless, is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Martin McDonagh's The Hangman last year.

Further cast and creatives are yet to be announced.

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