“There’s something in our house. I hear it every night, at the same time.”
Thus begins Danny Robins edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller. Jenny and Sam have just moved into their new home when strange things begin to happen. At precisely 2:22am each morning, Jenny (Lily Allen) hears footsteps circling around her baby’s cot.
Not surprisingly, the young mother quickly becomes convinced that the house is haunted, even as Sam (Hadley Fraser) dismisses her fears. When friends Lauren (Julia Chan) and Ben (Jake Wood) arrive, however, the foursome resolve to test Jenny’s conviction. But just what will actually happen when the clock strikes 2:22am?!
Described as ‘Part horror, part social commentary’, Danny Robins’ new play explores the relationship between belief and skepticism, balancing Jenny’s spiritually based world view with Astronomer Sam’s much more science based skepticism.
Added to this mix are the ‘friends’. How will ‘demure American’ Lauren interact with the stressed and emotional Jenny? And what is the nature of Lauren’s interest in Jenny’s husband Sam?
Ben, for his part, seems every bit the laid back, chilled out builder at the outset. However, is there more to the character than meets the eye?
2:22 is based on a script by Danny Robins, whose previous credits include the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist. The play has been directed by Matthew Dunster with set design by Anna Fleischle.
The show has been well received by critics and audiences alike with Time Out’s Andrezej Lukowski describing the play as s “rare and precious example of a Good West End Ghost Play – it’s worth seeing regardless of your feelings on its most famous cast member, and it deserves to have a life (afterlife?) beyond her”.
Lily Allen has received rave reviews, too, for her performance as Jenny, with the Guardian praising her “fine, fragile anxiety that draws the eye and locks you into her with sympathy”.
So, if ghost stories are your thing, then the Noel Coward theatre really is the place to be this autumn.Just don’t go by yourself!
2:22 A Ghost Story is at the Noel Coward Theatre, London until the 16th of October 2021. More information about the production is available here.
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