The Haunting of Hill House

2nd - 7th March 2020


A classic horror tale adapted for the stage.


Written by Shirley Jackson

Adapted by F. Andrew Leslie

Directed by Penny Hill

A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of psychically receptive people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and contained ill will. Led by the learned Dr Montague, who is conducting research into supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and draw forth the mysterious powers which it is alleged to possess - powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past.

Tickets available online.

Tickets on Sale from TIC 01395 445275 from 10th February.


Mrs Dudley - Karen Lyon
Dr Montague - Phil Rogers
Eleanor - Leonie Motler
Theodora - Molly Morton
Luke - Will Hill
Mrs Montague - Fin O'Leary
Arthur - David Swallow



Stage Manager - Kim Taylor & Steve Clark
Tech - Nathan Wakefield, Marc Colson & Bruce Bolton
Props - Sarah Price
Prompt - Pauline Primrose
Set - Robin Plaatsman, Richard Gomm & crew
Costume - Wendy Gomm, Deb Pearson, Jill Salen & Carol
Front of House - Judith Stewart-Young

Box Office - Judith Stewart-Young

Director's Notes

So you've decided to be brave and come to see our show...I only hope you're ready for the ride!I had it in my head that I wanted to direct something 'a bit different' this year, and a horror was top of my list. You may be aware that a Netflix series of The Haunting of Hill House was made a couple of years ago, so when trawling through the horror section, this one instantly jumped out at me. The play has been based on the classic horror tale penned by Shirley Jackson and has influenced a number of other authors including the likes of Stephen King.

So how do you go about putting a horror play together- without it being cheesy.

First you need a stellar cast - tick

Second you need an amazing set building team - tick.

Finally you need a very talented and patient tech and backstage team - tick.

I couldn't have put this production together without the help of the many people who volunteer their time, simply for the pleasure of it and I can't thank you enough.

Now let's see if we can give you a little scare - all for the fun of it of course!


Penny Hill


Chairman's Notes

It's me again! This time with my Chairman hat on. Let's begin with Happy New Year - if we are still allowed to say that? Either way it is great to see you at the Playhouse for our first production of 2020.

As you will have read above, I stuck myself back in the Director's chair for 'The Haunting of Hill House', and it has been a pleasure working with some new members both on and off the stage, as well as our returning actors and crew.

There is a lot planned this year, including our attempt to retain our winning title at the All England Theatre Festival in just a few weeks time. You should be able to see some info about what is coming up on the flyers on your seats.

With so much going on, I feel I should reiterate how much fun we have as a group. Our membership is full of people of all age ranges and from all walks of life. We all get involved in different parts, tasks and activities in the group, but above all we are a wonderfully friendly and safe place to come and socialise. Our door are open to everyone and we would love for you to come and join us. If you are interested there there are membership forms available from the box office, or on our website Alternatively come and have a chat with me and I can tell you what a fabulous group of people I have the honour of being friends with.

But now it is time to sit back and be prepared to be scared!


Penny Hill