Lily Allen is to make her West End debut this summer in a new play from Danny Robins.
2:22 – A Ghost Story is described as a “supernatural thriller” and will also star Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood.
Directed by Matthew Dunster the piece will begin previews at the London’s Noël Coward Theatre from 3 August with an official opening night on 11 August. Tickets are on sale now from 222aghoststory.com.
A full teaser for the play shares:
Jenny (Lily Allen) believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam (Hadley Fraser) isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Julia Chan) and new partner Ben (Jake Wood). Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.
This edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller from award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, is directed by Matthew Dunster. Intriguing, funny and scary, it takes you into one adrenaline-filled night where secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear… What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth?
Danny Robins said: “I’m thrilled to be making my West End debut with this jaw-dropping cast and Matthew, one of the most exciting directors in British theatre. Anyone who’s heard The Battersea Poltergeist will know my fascination with the question “do ghosts exist?”, so 2:22 has been a labour of love, exploring the clash between belief and scepticism through a couple’s relationship.”
Lily Allen added: “I am so excited about getting to work on this play. The live performance aspect of my career has always been the most thrilling part for me, connecting with a group of individuals and the spontaneity of whatever happens on the night.
“I feel that stepping into this play is an exciting natural extension of that and affords me the best of all worlds. I get to explore mature subject matter, be a woman with a real point of view and show the West End audiences how much I love live performance and being in front of an audience.”
Completing the creative team are set designer Anna Fleischle, costume designer Cindy Lin, lighting designer Lucy Carter and sound designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph with casting by Jessica Ronane CDG CSA.