Comedian and actress Catherine Tate is to star in a West End play based on one of the most famous poltergeist events in the world.

The 53-year-old, who has appeared in Doctor Who and Queen Of Oz, stars in The Enfield Haunting, which is about a poltergeist that is said to have wreaked havoc in a north London council house in the late 1970s.

She will play single mother Peggy Hodgson, who is trying to protect her three children from a disturbing supernatural force.

The cast of The Enfield Haunting also includes David Threlfall, best known for his role as Frank Gallagher in the TV show Shameless.

The Argus: The show stars Catherine Tate and David Threlfall The show stars Catherine Tate and David Threlfall (Image: Theatre Royal)

The play is starting at Brighton Theatre Royal on November 14 this year.

Talking about the play, Catherine Tate 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.”

Threlfall will portray ghost hunter Maurice Grosse, who was a real-life paranormal investigator who helped the Hodgson family.

The 69-year-old actor 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.”

Writer Paul Unwin spent time with a poltergeist expert to learn what had happened to the Hodgson family.


He said: “Before Guy Lyon Playfair, the poltergeist expert, died in 2018, I spent a long afternoon with him in his basement flat in Earl’s 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.

“The Enfield Haunting is a psychological ghost story. It is a ghost story for now.”

The play takes place over one spring night and is based on the account of one of the ghost hunters who visited 284 Green Street, Enfield, which was said to be haunted by a poltergeist that moved furniture and toys around.

Sixteen-year-old Janet was thought to be possessed and was reportedly seen floating 6ft in the air by the local lollipop lady.

The story was previously told in a TV drama series in 2015.

The Enfield Haunting starts at Brighton Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre before moving to The Ambassadors Theatre in London for a limited West End season from November 30 this year to March 2, 2024.

The play’s first performance will take place in Brighton on Tuesday, November 14.

Tickets went on sale on Thursday, July 13.