Witchfinder’s Sister casts a spell at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Long before the Salem witch trials in America, there were the Manningtree witch trials in Essex!

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has announced the exciting world premiere of Beth Underdown’s chilling and creepy tale of Essex witch hunts, The Witchfinder’s Sister.

Based on the true story of the infamous witchfinder Matthew Hopkins, with one of the most memorable heroines in recent historical fiction, the show is playing in Hornchurch until October 30.

This spellbinding and haunting historical thriller was Beth Underdown’s debut novel, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and winner of the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award 2017.

The theatre commissioned Vickie Donoghue, an acclaimed playwright from Thurrock, to adapt the novel for the stage.

Set in 1645, The Witchfinder’s Sister follows the story of Alice Hopkins, plaued by Lily Knight, who comes home to Manningtree to live with her brother after her husband is tragically killed. But home is no longer a place of safety, as rumours of witchcraft spread through the town.

Alice discovers her brother much changed as a reign of hysterical terror takes hold. Alice begins a desperate race to reveal what’s compelling the obsessively cruel Witchfinder General, before more innocent women are found guilty.

The Witchfinder’s Sister is a highlight of the Theatre’s Essex On Stage programme, made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation.

Tickets cost £12.50 – £29 plus 65p QRenew Fee, tickets for under 16s are just £8. A pre-recorded audio description is available at all performances.

There will be a live audio description on Saturday October 16 at 2.30pm.

To book, visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01708 443333.

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Mick Ferris

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