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The Witchfinder’s Sister

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

The Witchfinder’s Sister

by Beth Underdown

Adapted for the stage by Vickie Donoghue

The world premiere of a chilling and creepy tale of Essex witch hunts

Essex, 1645. Blood runs cold with dread.

After the tragic death of her husband, Alice Hopkins heads to Manningtree, the small town she grew up in, home to her brother, and childhood secrets…

But there’s a new darkness in town, as rumours of witchcraft abound. Alice discovers her brother much changed, as a reign of hysterical terror spreads.

Alice begins a desperate race to reveal what’s compelling the obsessively cruel Witchfinder General, before more innocent women are found guilty…

This spellbinding and haunting historical thriller by Beth Underdown was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and is adapted for the stage by award nominated playwright Vickie Donoghue.

Part of Essex on Stage, following the recent successes of David Eldridge’s In Basildon, Sadie Hasler’s Stiletto Beach, Luke Norris’ So Here We Are, and this summer’s premiere of Douglas Rintoul’s new musical Love Letters.

Age guidance: 14+


★★★★ ‘A disquieting show that shines a light on a truly terrifying period in history – a story that feels startlingly relevant today’ Mind the Blog

‘Will have you gripped and seated on the edge of your seat until the very end of the performance’ Havering Daily

‘A lot to admire about this production…powerful’ Spy in the Stalls

‘I very much enjoyed the scares in The Witchfinder’s Sister…an atmospheric, emotionally charged production’ London Horror Society

‘Fancy a bit of atmospheric theatre, you’ll certainly get some shivers there this Halloween season’ Everything Theatre

‘Impressive’ London Theatre 1

‘I would certainly recommend going to see it this Halloween. There are lots of chilling moments that will leave you holding your breath’ Hornchurch Life

‘Director Jonnie Riordan has worked with beauty and precision to bring this historical and chilling drama to life’ In Your Area



Content information

Whilst we don’t want to give away any spoilers, we feel a duty to inform audiences of any material that could potentially cause distress to specific audience members. If you’d like to see the content notes for this show, please click here. If you’d like to speak to a member of the Box Office team for more information, please call us on 01708 443333 or email




Essex on Stage has been made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the recipient of the 2018 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, a competitive annual prize given to a regional producing theatre, that has only ever been awarded five times.

Free sheet programme

Performances for this production will be sold as a mixture of full capacity and social distancing – see below to choose which you’d prefer.


Thursday 7 7.30pm Preview 1 Socially Distanced
Friday 8 7.30pm Preview 2 Full capacity
Saturday 9 7.30pm Opening Night Full capacity
Monday 11 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Tuesday 12 7.30pm Full capacity
Wednesday 13 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Thursday 14 2.30pm Full capacity
Thursday 14 7.30pm Full capacity
Friday 15 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Saturday 16 2.30pm Live Audio Description Socially Distanced
Saturday 16 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Monday 18 7.30pm Full capacity
Tuesday 19 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Wednesday 20 7.30pm Full capacity
Thursday 21 2.30pm Socially Distanced
Thursday 21 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Friday 22 7.30pm Full capacity
Saturday 23 2.30pm Full capacity
Saturday 23 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Monday 25 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Tuesday 26 7.30pm Full capacity
Wednesday 27 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Thursday 28 2.30pm Full capacity
Thursday 28 7.30pm Full capacity
Friday 29 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Saturday 30 2.30pm Socially Distanced
Saturday 30 7.30pm Full capacity


7 - 30 October 2021


Various times


£12.50* - £29*
Under 26s £8
*plus 65p QRenew Fee

Running Time

140 minutes


20 minutes

Access Details

Audio Description
A pre-recorded Audio Description is available at all
performances from 11 Oct. There will be a live Audio
Description on Sat 16 Oct | 2.30pm


Main House

Cast + Creatives

Directed by Jonnie Riordan
Design by Libby Watson
Lighting Design by Matt Haskins
Sound Design by Owen Crouch
Executive Producer Mathew Russell

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