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?