The Enfield Haunting Reviews
Average customer review: (1.7 Stars)
Number of reviews: 138
Debbie Jaye from Brighton,
What a brilliant play with fantastic actors! Best of all, the young lady playing Jan! 100% recommend!
Caroline Quinn from Brighton,
THEY’VE OBVIOUSLY IMPROVED!! SO GLAD I WENT.
I braced myself and read the awful reviews before we got here. We very nearly didn’t go. I’m so glad we went. Very engaging and had us gripped from the start to the end. Brilliant acting. A great balance of scary and humour. Catherine Tate was great and the young girl Janet (Ella) was outstanding. All the cast were great. They have clearly got their act together. Top performance.
Paul Edwards from London, England
IT’S A HORROR PLAY, NOT A COMEDY!
The play is excellent with a brilliant set and superb actors, and it’s potentially very scary. However, some audience members seem to think it’s a comedy and laugh at really inappropriate moments. Just because Catherine Tate and David Threlfall have played comedic roles in the past doesn’t mean they are always trying to be funny! The laughing from about 10% of the audience, who obviously simply didn’t understand what they were watching, really spoiled the whole experience.
Richard Walker from North london
Went to see the show with my daughter We both enjoyed it the acting was brilliant the story was great .so l would highly recommend it again
Karuma from Brighton,
WRITER SHOULD BE EXILED
Leaving a 5 star review so it appears near the top and is seen by more people. The truth is, the play is disappointing at the moment. It would be stupid to say that it doesn’t have potential - it does - but this would involve a change in the writing. Paul Unwin, the writer, came home from the pub and used ChatGPT to write a play based on the true story of the Enfield Haunting. Truly, the writing is the only reason behind the show’s failure. It must be said that the actors try their best to deliver their lines with emotion and passion - and they do - but the lines themselves are lacking. It’s as if Shakespeare had directed great actors to perform Peppa Pig on stage. A truly impossible feat. My suggestion: go watch the play. Make your own judgement. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t improve. Ideally, go in a couple weeks from now - by then they will have kicked Paul Unwin out and the director will have done his best to produce something noteworthy, like the rest of his stuff
Janet from Hampstead, England
SITTING WITH A FAMILY THAT LONGS FOR A RETURN TO A NORMALITY IT CAN BARELY REMEMBER
Rather than explanations, this play asks you to try to hold all the ambiguities of the situation at once. The novelty of the haunting has worn off and, for the family, there is a kind of exhausted resignation. With no salacious escalation or satisfactory explanation, public interest - and sympathy - has waned. The family is stuck in a kind of limbo, with Grosse semi-permanently camping in their house but no nearer to explaining the ‘haunting’ or bringing it to a close. Peggy’s desire for it to be over, for things to return to a previous normality she can hardly remember underpins everything. The production takes its time, the slow pacing asks us to sit in this limbo with the family - to witness the grind of the seemingly endless cycle of events as they do. The play, like the case itself, is both fascinating and unsettling - exposing the complexity of people’s motivations in their offers of help, class prejudice, deference to authority and the tendency for men not to listen to women.
Skarlett ugm from London, England
EXCELLENT PRODUCTION, AMAZING CAST! WE LOVED IT!
Beautifully made show, as someone whose researched extensively into the history and the investigation it’s easy to begin looking at what happened as a ‘case’ or an elaborate story as in the movie depictions but can forget that this experience truly happened to a simple family living in London in the times they did. It must have been devastating for the investigator and imagine the horror witnessing these things happening to your child to your family. The traumas the children experienced. The newspapers all calling you liars or creating their own takes of ‘truth’. A single mother being gossiped about and chastised in her community. This play brought me back to the reality of the situation and the cast was phenomenal in portraying their parts fears and coping mechanisms. The pain of having strangers in your home but the absolute fear of what’s happening it was all so well done. I had front row seats which I wish I hadn’t done as missed the top floor scenes but even still amazing show!
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