The manor house set (designed by Michael Holt) is clearly haunted and there's plenty of ghostly goings-on and while I had expected a few goose-bump moments as each family member experiences strange happenings, sadly it didn't give me a fright.
However the family were scared to tell one another of their experiences until the second act and that's when electronics geek Chris – played by Charlie Clements, EastEnders' Bradley Brannin – came into his own. He'd set up an Amazon Alexa, Ollie Harcourt's early 40th birthday present, and that ended up having a mind of its own. Meanwhile Apple's FaceTime also got mention as daughter Jade was always on her mobile phone to her school friend.
There was chemistry between Joe and Rita who carried the show while the introduction of the Reverend Fortinbras (Padraig Lynch) brought a laugh as he attempted to exorcise the 'Grey Lady' ghost. Then there was the Harcourt's batty part-time cleaner Annie (Tricia Deighton) who could hear voices, while the only other part was that of Phil the local builder (Leon Stewart) who was employed to sort the damp in the cellar.
I won't go into the plot or storyline – it's better if you don't know exactly what to expect, although you can probably guess! – but the one thing that I will guarantee is that you will be unplugging your Alexa well before you think of climbing the stairs and going to bed tonight!
The touring production of The House on Cold Hill plays Milton Keynes Theatre until this Saturday (20 April) with nightly performance at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (booking fees apply) or online at www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes