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First Look Rehearsal Images For 2:22 A GHOST STORY At The Lyric Theatre Featuring Cheryl, Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford And Scott Karim

17 January 2023

Runaway Entertainment presents


The hit play by Danny Robins

Directed by Matthew Dunster
@222AGhostStory #222AGhostStory




Following the December announcement of the fifth cast for 2:22 A Ghost Story, Producer Runaway Entertainment today releases images from rehearsals and a new group photo ahead of the first preview on 21 January. 

This is the fourth West End transfer of Danny Robins’ edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story. The Lyric is the show’s biggest house to date and follows two hugely successful seasons at the Criterion. Last year 2:22 A Ghost Story had Olivier Nominations including Best New Play, and won the Best New Play category in the Whatsonstage awards.



The production began its life in the summer of 2021 at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks from 4 December 2021. The production there, starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher, completed its run on 12 February 2022. The first cast at the Criterion Theatre featured Tom Felton, Mandip Gill, Beatriz Romilly, Sam Swainsbury and the current Criterion Theatre cast Tamsin Carroll as Lauren; Felix Scott as Sam, Matt Willis as Ben and Laura Whitmore as Jenny, ended its run on 8 January. The US premiere of 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles opened on 29 October and ended its run on 4 December 2022.



2.22 - A Ghost Story is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist and it is directed by Matthew Dunster. Intriguing, funny and scary, it takes audiences into one adrenaline-fueled night where secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear….What do you believe? And do you dare to discover the truth?

“There’s something in our house. I hear it every night, at the same time.”



Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben. Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they are going to stay up… until 2.22am… and then they will know.

2:22 - A Ghost Story features set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound, casting by Matilda James, CDG, illusions by Chris Fisher, and associate direction by Matt Hassall.

2:22 - A Ghost Story is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon. 



2:22 - A Ghost Story
By Danny Robins
Directed by Matthew Dunster

Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES

0330 333 4812

First performance 21 January 2023 at 7.30pm

Final performance 23 April 2023 at 6.00pm

Gala Performance on 1 February 2023 at 7.30pm

Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm

Saturday matinee - 2.30pm

Sunday - 2pm and 6pm

Please check the website for Christmas and New Year schedules which vary.

Tickets from £15

Age limit 14+

Marketing Contact

Martin Gray @ EMG




Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, Cheryl rose to fame as one of five members of the group Girls Aloud. While still in the group, she began a solo career and released four albums – 3 Words, Messy Little Raindrops, A Million Lights and Only Human. Collectively, the albums included ten singles, five of which reached number 1 in the UK. Cheryl was the first British female solo artist to have five number-one singles in the UK.

Cheryl became a judge on The X Factor in 2008. She mentored two of the eventual winners of the competition (Alexandra Burke and Joe Mcelderry), Cheryl was also a judge on BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

Cheryl has become a recognised and photographed style icon. She has been photographed for the covers of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.

Hugo Chegwin
Hugo Chegwin is one of the creators and actors of BAFTA award winning People Just Do Nothing for the BBC. Hugo recently starred as the lead in Sneakerhead for UKTV/Dave as well as the hit series The Curse for Channel 4. In film, Hugo can most recently be seen in People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan. Hugo is an Ivor Novello award winning music producer who has worked with Emeli Sande, Sam Smith, Mary J Blige, Maverick Sabre.



Louise Ford
Louise plays Kate Middleton in Channel 4's breakout comedy The Windsors (Channel 4). Her past TV
credits include Crashing (written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Netflix), Horrible Histories (BBC), Misfits (E4), We Hate Paul Revere (AMC), In The Flesh (BBC), Teaboys (Tiger  Aspect/BBC3), The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Doc Martin (Buffalo Pictures/ITV), My Almost Famous Family (BBC), Law and Order UK (Kudos/ITV) and Chickens (Big Talk/Sky). Louise has created, produced and starred in a number of sell out shows in Edinburgh including Cariad and Louise’s Character Hour, Jenny Fawcett, Ford and Akrams Bamp, and Ford and Akrams Humdinger. Other theatre work includes: The Watsons (Chichester Festival Theatre/Menier CHocolate Factory), Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse), Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Quatermaine’s Terms (Wyndham’s Theatre), Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre/Offstage Theatre), The Bible and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Calais (Paines Plough), All the Little Things We Crushed (Almeida Theatre), Timing (King’s Head Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and War and Peace (Shared Experience Tour and Hampstead Theatre).

Scott Karim
Most recently Scott received great reviews for his performance in Chasing Hares  at the Young Vic, directed by Milli Bhatia. His other stage credits also include The Invisible Hand at the Kiln Theatre; Dara, Great Britain and Othello for the National Theatre; Oklahoma! and The Country Wife for Chichester Festival Theatre; The Arrival and The Invisible for the Bush Theatre; The Village T at Theatre Royal Stratford East; and Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre. 

On the small screen, Scott can currently be seen in Halo for Paramount+. His other television credits include Dracula and The Dumping Ground for the BBC; The Great for Hulu; Channel 4’s Electric Dreams: Crazy Diamond; and Britannia for Sky. 



Danny Robins
Danny Robins is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist. He created The Battersea Poltergeist, a podcast series that combined drama and documentary to tell a real-life ghost story, starring Toby Jones and Dafne Keen. It became a global phenomenon – the #1 Drama Podcast across the whole world – sparking a bidding war for the TV rights. Danny is now adapting the series with Hollywood producers Blumhouse. The series won the Gold Award for Best Serialised Podcast at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards. Danny’s first stage play, Rudy’s Rare Records, was co-commissioned by Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire. The follow up was the acclaimed End of the Pier, at London’s Park Theatre. 2:22 – A Ghost Story was his West End debut. Earlier this year, it won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play and was nominated for three prestigious Olivier Awards. His first radio drama, The Most Wanted Man in Sweden, was nominated for the Writers’ Guild’s Tinniswood Award. He has created and written various shows for TV and radio, including the BAFTA- nominated hit series Young Dracula for BBC1 and Rudy’s Rare Records and The Cold Swedish Winter for BBC Radio 4. He also presented the Haunted podcast for Panoply. His new podcast series for BBC Sounds, Uncanny, explores the paranormal from ghosts to UFOs. It was released last Fall and has become a multi- million download hit.

“A contemporary Van Helsing… like Bram Stoker’s character, he’s a paranormal polymath” – The London Times
“A latter day Alfred Hitchcock” – Radio Times
“Audio hero of all things spooky” – The Observer
“The man bringing chills and thrills to the London stage.” – London Evening Standard

Matthew Dunster - Director
Matthew is an Olivier-nominated director, a playwright and actor. Matthew directed Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter (The Bridge), and Hangmen (Royal Court, The Wyndhams, West End, and at The Atlantic). Directing credits include: True West (The Vaudeville, West End); Oedipus (Bunkamura Theatre, Tokyo); Liberian Girl (Royal Court); The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre); Love’s Sacrifice (RSC); Imogen, Much Ado About Nothing, Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Love the Sinner (National Theatre); Mametz (National Theatre Wales); Before the Party (Almeida Theatre); A Sacred Flame (English Touring); You Can See the Hills, 1984, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Macbeth (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith). 



Anna Fleischle - Set Designer
Anna is an award-winning set and costume designer, working internationally in theatre, opera and dance. Her work is infused with the psychological drama and subtext of the play.

Theatre Includes: Once Upon A One More Time (upcoming, Nederlander, 2021); Hamlet (upcoming, Young Vic, 2021); A Kind of People, The Kid Stays in the Picture (& Complicité), Hangmen (& West End/Broadway, 2016 Olivier Award Winner for Best Set Design) and Liberian Girl (Royal Court); Death of A Salesman (Young Vic/West End); Hedda Tesman (Chichester Festival); Two Ladies, A German Life, A Very Very Very Dark Matter (Bridge); Home, I’m Darling (2019 Olivier Award Nomiee for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design.Theatr Clwyd/National/West End.); The Writer, Before the Party (Almeida); The Way of the World (Donmar); Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Crucible; Sheffield; West End; UK tour; Korea); MuchAdo About Nothing, Troilus and Cressida (Globe); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic); Beware of Pity (Schaubühne, Berlin/Complicité); Tiger Bay (Wales Millennium Centre/Cape Town Opera); Terror (Lyric, Hammersmith); Don Juan in Soho (West End); Rent: 20th Anniversary Production (St James/Theatr Clwyd/UK tour); The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep/West End/UK tour); The Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline, Love’s Sacrifice (RSC); Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air); Before I Leave (National Theatre Wales); The End of Longing (West End); John (National/DV8/International Tour); West Side Story, Blindsided, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Rat’s Tales (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Can We Talk About This (National/DV8/International tour/Sydney Opera House); Love The Sinner (National); As You Like It (Curve, Leicester); You Can See The Hills, Love and Money (2007 Olivier Award Nominee For Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate TheatreRoyal Exchange, Manchester/Young Vic).

Opera includesOrfeo (upcoming, Vienna Staatsoper, 2022); Weimar Nightfall: Seven Deadly Sins (LA Philharmonic); Don Giovanni, Iphigenie en Tauride, Paul Bunyan, King Priam (English Touring Opera);Candide (Opéra National de Lorraine); Zaide (Sadler’s Wells/Classical Opera Company/UK tour).

Dance includes: Message In A  Bottle (Sadler’s Wells); Second Coming (Scottish Dance Theatre). John; Can We Talk About This (National/DV8/International tour/Sydney Opera House).

Screen includesMonologue Hub / Soliloquy (Underexposed Arts).

Installations includeThe Unforgotten (Young Vic).

Fellowships include: Founding Member of Scene/Change (2020 – present); Associate Artist, Young Vic (2020 – present); Board Member, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2019 - present); Ambassador for PiPA (2019 – present).

Awards include: Olivier Award for Best Set Design (2016), Critics’ Circle Best Designer Award (2015) and Evening Standard Award for Best Design (2015) (Hangmen); Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2014) (King Priam / Paul Bunyan).

Cindy Lin - Costume Designer
Cindy Lin a set and costume designer for live performance with a background in filmmaking. Cindy ultimately transitioned into live performance when she trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (MA Theatre Design). Her film background combined with a passion for live performance gives her a unique approach to visual storytelling that inspires atmospheric design.

Theatre credits include: Screwdriver (Lyric Hammersmith), Actually (Trafalgar Studios), Dismantle This Room (Royal Court Theatre and Bush Theatre), Breathe (Bunker Theatre), Hurricane Protest Songs (Graeae), Electra (RWCMD). Opera credits include: Madam Butterfly (OperaUpClose), Faust AlbertaOrpheus and Eurydice (Opera in the City Festival). Dance credits include: Heist (Zoielogic).

In addition, Cindy is part of the Old Vic 12 2020-2021 cohort, a Royal Opera House bursary recipient in 2017, and a Linbury Prize finalist in 2015.

Lucy Carter - Lighting Designer
Lucy Carter is a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed Lighting Designer. She was awarded the 2018 Critics Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance. She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Knight of Illumination Award for Dance for Chroma (2008) and for Woolf Works (2015); winner of the 2013 TMA Achievement award in Opera for Lohengrin; and the 2004 Olivier Dance Award for 2 Human.

Theatre credits include: Escaped Alone, Coriolanus (Crucible Theatre); Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (West End & UK Tour); On the Town (Hyogo Performing Arts, Japan); Home, I’m Darling (National Theatre and West End); The Almighty Sometimes (The Royal Exchange); Oil (Almeida); The End of Longing (West End); Medea, Emil and the Detectives, Blurred Lines and Husband and Sons (National Theatre).

Opera credits include: Orphée (ENO); Katya Kabanova (Royal Opera House - Best New Opera Production, Olivier Awards 2019); Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); Werther (Bergen National Opera); Elektra (Goteborg Opera); Lohengrin (Greek National Opera, Polish National Opera, Welsh National Opera); La Finta Giardiniera (Glyndebourne, Teatro alla Scala); Peter Grimes (Aldeburgh on the Beach); Salomé, The Dream of Gerontius (ENO at The Royal Festival Hall).

Dance credits include: McGregor and Mugler, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear, Afterite, Yugen, Multiverse, Chroma and Autobiography with long-term collaborator Wayne McGregor; Threshold (Le Patin Libre); The Most Incredible Thing (Sadlers Wells & Charlotte Ballet).

Other credits include: lighting design for Gareth Pugh’s Women’s Collection in London Fashion Week 2017 and 2019, and Paloma Faith’s performance at the Brit Awards 2015.

Ian Dickinson for Autograph - Sound Designer
Recent credits: Fracked (Chichester) Before I Leave (Cardiff) Elegy, Roots (Donmar), Uncle Vanya (Almeida), Husbands And Sons (National), Hangmen (Royal Court/Wyndhams/Broadway)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award and Drama Desk Award - Apollo / National Theatre/Broadway); Jerusalem (royal Court, West End and Broadway, Olivier Award Best sound design) This House, Port (National Theatre); The River (Royal Court and Broadway). The Nether (Royal Court/West End) Loves Sacrifice (RSC), Rules For Living and The Red Lion (National) The Days the Nights the Wounds and The Night (Linbury Studio); A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives (National Theatre); The Weir (Wyndhams); (Donmar / Radio 3); The Machine (Manchester International Festival); Company (west end and Broadway), Small Island (National Theatre), Uncle Vanya ( Harold Pinter theatre),  This House (West End), Angels in America ( National Theatre), Europe(Donmar), The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (Bridge Theatre).

For Regent’s Park: All My Sons, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Other theatre includes: (Mogadishu, 1984, Macbeth Fatherland, (Royal Exchange, Manchester; Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); After the Dance, Harper Regan, The Hothouse, Pillars of the Community

(National Theatre); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre, Dublin / Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York); Bingo (Young Vic); Before the Party, Children’s Children (Almeida); South Downs, The Browning Version (Chichester).

For more information visit Autograph.

Matilda James CDG - Casting Director
Matilda is a freelance casting director and creative producer from Cornwall. She was Head of Casting for Shakespeare's Globe from 2012 to 2017, and now works on projects for theatre and screen. She is a founder member of The Murmuration, a women-led producing collective that brings strategic and creative thinking together to make things happen in a smart, kind, artist-focussed way. Recent projects include work with the Barbican, York Theatre Royal and Kyiv City Ballet, #Merky Films, and Citizens of the World Choir, the UK's leading choir for people seeking sanctuary and asylum.

Recent theatre includes: Gin Craze! (Northampton Royal & Derngate /ETT); Lady Windermere's Fan (Classic Spring / Vaudeville) and Farinelli and the King (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, West End and Broadway).


Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment – Producer

Runaway Entertainment is an independent theatrical production company founded by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons. Most recently we commissioned and produced the award-winning and critically acclaimed Conor McPherson/Bob Dylan musical Girl From the North Country, which opened on Broadway to phenomenal reviews following runs at the Old Vic, the Noel Coward, the Gielgud and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra. Other productions include: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Olivier Award winning In The Heights, the Olivier Award winning production of The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre, Guys & Dolls in the West End and on tour, Footloose (West End, South Africa and UK tours), Flashdance (UK and international tour) and The Christmasaurus Live (Hammersmith Apollo). 

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