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The Enfield Haunting West End reviews

Catherine Tate and David Threlfall in The Enfield Haunting

Here’s a round up of the reviews for new West End play The Enfield Haunting starring Catherine Tate and David Threlfall.

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Based on the true story of the Enfield poltergeist, Paul Unwin’s piece is now open at The Ambassadors Theatre where it runs through to 2 March 2024.

Catherine Tate (Dr Who, Queen of Oz) stars as single mum Peggy Hodgson while David Threlfall (Funny Woman, Shameless) plays ghost hunter Maurice Grosse.

But what have critics made of the show?

The Enfield Haunting West End reviews

The Times - ⭐

"Forget the supernatural jiggery-pokery, the far-fetched thing here is that Catherine Tate and David Threlfall signed up for such a fiasco." - Clive Davis, read the full review

 

The Telegraph - ⭐⭐

"If Tate, keeping a careworn maternal lid on despair and hysteria, sometimes looks uncomfortable in the wrong way, that may owe something to the flat, oddly insubstantial writing. Was I bovvered? Not nearly enough." - Dominic Cavendish, read the full review

 

London Evening Standard - ⭐⭐

"Tate's performance here grew more assured as the show went along – what started out as mugging and over-annunciating like it was a comedy sketch, became more nuanced and the best thing in it by the end." - Nick Clark, read the full review

 

WhatsOnStage - ⭐

"This is a shocker in all the wrong ways. A play about the famous 1970s case of the Enfield poltergeist, one of the most mysterious of all recent hauntings, turns into a snoozefest which doesn’t seem to have a clue why it’s interesting." - Sarah Crompton, read the full review

 

The Stage - ⭐

"Catherine Tate and David Threlfall struggle to enliven this flat-footed, frisson-free retread of the famous 1970s poltergeist case" - Sam Marlowe, read the full review

 

The Independent - ⭐

"Playwright and Casualty co-creator Paul Unwin dramatising an intriguing real-life 1970s London poltergeist case in the atmospheric confines of the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre: what’s not to like? But in the flesh, it’s epically, almost thrillingly bad." - Alice Saville, read the full review

 

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.