2:22 A Ghost Story

2:22 A Ghost Story


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15 September 2021  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“All theatre is a form of ghost story, and some of the art’s greatest plays from Hamlet to The Weir are forms of ghost stories. Until the pandemic The Woman in Black was one of the West End’s longest running hits and with good reason: it can still make an audience startle. Will Danny Robbins’ play join those ranks? It’s too early to say whether it will be supernatural piffle or something more haunting. But I’m a sucker for a ghost story, and with Matthew Dunster on board directing a star cast which includes Hadley Fraser, Julia Chan, Jake Wood and Lily Allen, making her West End debut, I hope there is substance to this story about a woman who believes her new house has a ghost.”


"There's something in our house. I hear it every night, at the same time."

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?

Critic reviews

Danny Robins’s script is perfectly competent


2:22 has everything the genre demands

· Broadway World

A fast-paced and gripping tale

· A Younger Theatre

An all-star ensemble cast lead the way in Danny Robins’s prickly and effective thriller

· The Independent

Lily Allen makes a confident West End debut in this cracking supernatural thriller

· Time Out

Lily Allen makes confident West End debut

· The Telegraph

This supernatural thriller is remorselessly effective

· Evening Standard

Lily Allen gives you chills in slick, clever horror

· The Guardian

Lily Allen makes an admirable stage debut

· London Theatre

Enjoyable enough and did build suspense well

· West End Wilma

Thriller with a sting in its tail

· The Times

I found the ending disappointing, but I enjoyed the journey

· WhatsOnStage

Enjoyable if sometimes clunky

· The Stage

Schlocky horror show

· Londonist

A few shocks and laughs but lacking in character-led credibility

· The Arts Desk


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Date & time

Until 16 Oct
Tue 3 Aug - Sat 16 Oct 2021
2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm


St Martin's Lane WC2N 4AU London, UK · Get Directions
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