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2:22 A Ghost Story

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  • Running time: 2 hours (incl. interval)
  • Starring: Clifford Samuel, Jaime Winstone, Ricky Champ, Frankie Bridge
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Clifford Samuel, Jaime Winstone, Ricky Champ, Frankie Bridge

It's being called an edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller. It has genuinely scared audiences. Now it's back on stage for a third time in the West End, in the capital's theatreland for a brand-new limited engagement at the Criterion Theatre. The production has already had two record-breaking seasons, one at the Noël Coward Theatre and the other at the Gielgud. And we have some brand new stars for you.

2:22 is written by the brilliant Danny Robins, award winner and the man behind the smash BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist. The fun is beautifully directed by Matthew Dunster. There's a mystery at the heart of this play and you'll be presented with the clues you need to figure it out. The results are both funny and intriguing as well as stacked with adrenaline. Secrets emerge, ghosts might or might not turn up. What do you believe? You'll need to be brave to uncover the truth.

The premiere was nominated for three 2022 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Actress for Lily Allen. It was nominated for four WhatsOnStage Awards, winning Best New Play, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

After the play's popular run at the Noël Coward, it transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, causing a stir from December 2021 to February 2022 with a fresh new cast on the cards including Stephanie Beatriz as Lauren, James Buckley as Ben, Elliot Cowan as Sam, and Giovanna Fletcher as Jenny. It broke all box office records for a new play at the Noel Coward. Many called it the 'theatre event of the year' and the 'hottest ticket in the West End'.

  • Set design by Anna Fleischle
  • Costume design by Cindy Lin
  • Lighting design by Lucy Carter
  • Sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
  • Co-direction by Isabel Marr
  • Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG
  • Illusions by Chris Fisher
  • Produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon

What's the plot of 2:22 A Ghost Story?

Jenny thinks her new house is haunted. Her husband Sam doesn't believe a word of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, their old friend Lauren and her new partner Ben. As belief and cynicism clash, something definitely feels wrong. There's something strange and frightening, and it's getting closer. They decide to stay up until 2:22 am and see what happens.

Who is 2:22 A Ghost Story for?

This is an adult play with frightening themes.

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  • Opens:

    Wednesday, 14 August 2024

  • Booking until:

    Tuesday, 17 September 2024

  • Running time:

    2 hours (incl. interval)

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Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun 14:00 18:00

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2:22 A Ghost Story reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 97 reviews

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Press Reviews

Whether you’re an avid believer of ghosts or not – this is such a surprisingly fun story that it’s hard not to get sucked into the storyline. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, wraps up all plot points neatly by the end of the show and features a brilliant cast who bring this ghostly tale to life.

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London Box Office

"the show itself has enough crowd pleasing elements to continue packing ‘em in"

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Broadway World

"Danny Robins’ domestic ghost story has turned into a well-oiled West End machine, working its way through various casts and venues."

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Latest customer reviews
Interesting, worrying and occasionally humerus

Good fun but if you've a problem with strobe lighting beware. It seemed to knock the the guy next to my missis for six.....or perhaps her company was too much for the's all but done for me!....Great show...well done!

Reviewed on 11 September 2023 by , Burton Upon Trent, United Kingdom

Well written modern day ghost story.

I don't want to say much about the plot in case I put spoilers, but I can say the audience were all on the edge of their seats and it was avery clever story.

Reviewed on 10 September 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

All consuming

Reviewed on 08 September 2023 by , Hitchin, United Kingdom

Great story, worth seeing.

This is a very good ghost story. Music used to great effect to build tension. Our seats were at the top of the grand circle so about as high as possible, but we still had a good view and really enjoyed the show.

Reviewed on 06 September 2023 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

Great story , immersive

Watch closely ?

Reviewed on 02 September 2023 by , Lynwood, Australia

Absolutely amazing

Reviewed on 29 August 2023 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom


A great show with good actors. A mysterious and entreat show.

Reviewed on 28 August 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

A long wait for any action

I enjoyed the show but felt I drifted off at times, the build and suspension didn't quite work for me. The action wasn't till the last 20mins which I felt was a bit wasted. One character made the show and he was funny. The rest of the acting was a bit boring for my liking.

Reviewed on 26 August 2023 by , Ashford, United Kingdom

Must see

I loved 2.22, the acting was great, the actors were energetic. I enjoyed the story, it kept me guessing!

Reviewed on 20 August 2023 by , Kingsmead, United Kingdom

Really good show

Went with my two teenagers and we all really enjoyed it. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed on 20 August 2023 by , Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom



Reviewed on 16 August 2023 by , Limavady, United Kingdom

Well worth seeing

It's not a typical ghost story. It has a special twist which I had worked out only a few minutes before it was revealed. Keeps you engrossed throughout. I did have a man with a large head in front of me so I had to lean from one side to the other when he kept moving in his seat. Fortunately there was no one behind me.

Reviewed on 15 August 2023 by , Nottingham, United Kingdom

Good but easy to predict the end

Reviewed on 10 August 2023 by , Wolverton Mill, United Kingdom

Glued to the story!

Show is for adults who enjoy a good story that is thrilling to watch. A few jumps in my seat.

Reviewed on 07 August 2023 by , Ardrossan, United Kingdom


Ryan gosling was amazing! 3 him.

Reviewed on 06 August 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Fabulous show ! music, lighting and the tension 10/10

Amazing show well done to everyone involved. The tension built up so well, and the little details really made it a dynamic and complex show. But still very relatable which made it even more tense! Loved it will probably go again

Reviewed on 04 August 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Average Night

I didn’t find the story engaging or interesting - really I didn’t buy into the character Jenny when she first walked onto the stage. I found the expressions and manner false - I felt like I was watching someone trying to act scared, anxious, afraid. The second half mainly the last ten mins was better but again, the screeching, shouting. The two men actors were good but overall the story and narrative was boring. The twist at the end was a twist for the sake of it - and in my limited knowledge showed how poor the story was as the twist felt like oh, well we had to do something. At the end of the show you can see how much the actors put into the performance - but overall for me it was average. That’s the point of theatre trying different shows - it needed more depth and layers to the story - as really after watching it you could some it up and or outline key facts in under a minute. The clock on stage shouldn’t be used by the audience thinking, seriously when is that clock going to reach 2:22 - That said, many people in the audience laughed and found it entertaining. I don’t usually read reviews before I go to the theatre as it’s each to their own - so if the story sounds good to you, still give it a go as everyone is different.

Reviewed on 28 July 2023 by , Kingston, Australia


The show was Ok...nothing special. Many critics gave it 4 or 5 stars but it just wasn't for me...I kept zoning out. The acting was ok but it wasn't as engaging as I wanted it to be. The plot twist was quite good, but was generally the only memorable thing about this show. Others may disagree, but generally was not for me.

Reviewed on 17 July 2023 by , North London, United Kingdom

great show

Reviewed on 16 July 2023 by , Baden, Austria


Disappointed that Sophia Bush was not performing and that this was not advertised.

Reviewed on 13 July 2023 by , Ilford, United Kingdom

Edge of your seat stuff.

Reviewed on 06 July 2023 by , Rayleigh, United Kingdom

So many jumpscares !!

Reviewed on 04 July 2023 by , Beckenham, United Kingdom

Poor writing, bad direction, generally a sub-standard show

This was one of the worst shows I have seen, and I have seen a lot (as a retired theatre manager). The script was GCSE standard, the acting amateurish (though I'm prepared to acknowledge this may have been because of the bad direction), the plot weak. It's galling that a theatre like this with the funding and availability of trained and skilled casts and creatives puts on such a poor show when smaller, much more talented theatre companies produce wonderful theatre on a very reduced budget.

Reviewed on 03 July 2023 by , Hitchin, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 28 June 2023 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 25 June 2023 by , Espoo, Finland

Absolutely amazing

If you like laughter, humour and suspense. This is the show for you.. such a good twist. I loved it!

Reviewed on 25 June 2023 by , Hitchin, United Kingdom

Heart in my mouth

An amazing show, the dramatics, the music, the acting. Just everything!

Reviewed on 23 June 2023 by , Hook, United Kingdom

Totally brilliant.

Great set. Lots of surprises and twists as well as being funny too. kept the audience absolutely entranced.

Reviewed on 22 June 2023 by , Andover, United Kingdom

Brilliant must see

Reviewed on 15 June 2023 by , Citywest, Ireland

Great show, really good story

Reviewed on 11 June 2023 by , Chelmsford, United Kingdom


Ms Winston is one of my favourite actors, she and the other cast members were awesome. Very atmospheric play, brilliantly acted, a great production.

Reviewed on 08 June 2023 by , Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Really wonderful!

The actors were absolutely phenomenal in their roles. The dialogue was perfect, a great mixture of mystery and comedy. We were on the edge of our seats toward the end of the story. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 27 May 2023 by , Colorado Springs, United States Of America


Reviewed on 26 April 2023 by , Düsseldorf, Germany


Try and get seats near the front as we were in the balcony and couldn't see very much at all. Didn't think this show lived up to expectations at all. The man next to us fell asleep!

Reviewed on 24 April 2023 by , Brenchley, United Kingdom

Gasps and laughter

A rollercoaster of a show … makes your laugh out loud, gasp with shock and jump outbid your seat. Topical and relevant.

Reviewed on 23 April 2023 by , Leeds, United Kingdom

Please note the reviews below are from an old production of 2:22 A Ghost Story.


I enjoyed the show very much and would recommend it to anyone. One criticism would be sometimes it was hard to hear what the actors were saying, particularly Jake, maybe his microphone wasn't working properly.

Reviewed on 17 April 2023 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 15 April 2023 by , East Sussex, United Kingdom

poorly acted

the show was very average - poor acting on the whole and as a result the ending was almost academic

Reviewed on 15 April 2023 by , Winchester, United Kingdom

Absolutely Brilliant!

Jake Wood stole the show he was fantastic! Cheryl was brilliant too.

Reviewed on 02 April 2023 by , Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

2.22 = 100% worth seeing

Really enjoyed the show, especially Jake Wood. Having never watched Eastenders I had only read of him but he was brilliant. Rest of the cast were great too. I hope Danny Robbins has another play or two in mind.

Reviewed on 01 April 2023 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Supernaturally superb

Great show, great story great cast!

Reviewed on 31 March 2023 by , Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom

Enjoyed the play

Thoroughly enjoyed the play. Really impressed with Cheryl. Highly recommend the play.

Reviewed on 27 March 2023 by , West Wickham, United Kingdom

Entertaining evening

An enjoyable evening. Love a play. This one was enjoyable. It was amusing and a good atmosphere was created. It can hold its own without a ‘star’ on the billing, just needs good actors. I imagine it will tour well as it’s something you would see just the once.

Reviewed on 26 March 2023 by , Peterborough, United Kingdom


Found the story slow. Twist at the end predictable. Actors when angry instead of "acting" anger, just shouted - sound not good so just distorted speech.

Reviewed on 23 March 2023 by , Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

A Good Twist

Thoroughly enjoyed this show. A few moments that will make you jump, and an ending that I didn't see coming!

Reviewed on 22 March 2023 by , Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Great twist at the end

I went to see this play with my boyfriend. We both really enjoyed it and loved the twist at the end! Would recommend this play as a date night idea.

Reviewed on 20 March 2023 by , Watford, United Kingdom

Better Than Expected

Honestly, I booked the ticket thinking Tom Felton would be in the show and was pretty disappointed when I saw he wasn’t so I went for it without any expectations and I was blown away by everything. The theatre, the ambiance, the acting, costumes, the seat, everything was great.

Reviewed on 13 March 2023 by , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Must see

So good and such a nice small atmosphere it is so gripping

Reviewed on 12 March 2023 by , Mirfield, United Kingdom

Great show and acting was great

good mix of funny and scary Parts.

Reviewed on 06 March 2023 by , Prestwick, United Kingdom

Must see

Fabulous story - keeps you guessing till the end.

Reviewed on 06 March 2023 by , Sittingbourne, United Kingdom

An interesting show

The show for the most part was brilliant. The only bad point I can think of is a lack of an epilogue. The main questions of the show are answered but you leave the theatre wanting to know how the actors respond to the truth.

Reviewed on 02 March 2023 by , Hounslow, United Kingdom

Brilliantly scripted, well thought-out, a joy to watch!

This was a story-driven production. Although it's based in just one setting and only 4 characters, the lighting, sound, acting and script have you so absorbed that you don't miss having set changes. Each character has their own story and it comes together beautifully.

Reviewed on 02 March 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 26 February 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Fantastic show

Was so surprised by this show. The story and the acting was excellent. It’s one of those shows that the more you think about it after, the better it gets. Very clever.

Reviewed on 26 February 2023 by , Northampton, United Kingdom

2.22 Ghost Story


Reviewed on 20 February 2023 by , Bristol, United Kingdom

Excellent acting

Brilliant show, loved the suspense and comedy.

Reviewed on 16 February 2023 by , Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Terrible play so disappointed

I love Danny Roberts radio programmes but this show is pathetic. The acting is weak, can barely hear Sheryl Cole - and the plot banal and dull. Don’t waste your hard earned cash on this one! I was hoping to be gripped, terrified but instead it was boring - the best description, a real snore.

Reviewed on 14 February 2023 by , Wivelsfield, United Kingdom

Abandonned set haunted by a dead scenario

Maybe I was expecting too much of the show, but everything was disappointing (except for the cast, who managed to keep me sort of interested). The scenario is lazy, with random jumpscares, and I expected the set to have any sophisticated mechanism... Sorry but I feel played. Maybe some people will enjoy it

Reviewed on 12 February 2023 by , Carhaix Plouguer, France

A triumph

Best show I’ve ever seen.. acting, story, lighting, edge of my seat most of the time

Reviewed on 09 February 2023 by , Swansea, United Kingdom

Captivating show

Reviewed on 04 February 2023 by , Broxbourne, United Kingdom

Great play

If you like a ghost story this play is a must, just excellent all round.

Reviewed on 01 February 2023 by , Meyrin, Switzerland

Fun and frights

Great acting from all involved

Reviewed on 29 January 2023 by , Oakham, United Kingdom


5 minutes in I knew this was going to be dire but thought to give it time as it might get better. Unfortunately it didn't and I was so bored. The acting was really poor and wooden and there was no real connection between the actors portraying husband and wife/friend and boyfriend. After a very long journey into London and paying for two premium priced dress circle tickets as a birthday treat, I feel ripped off and extremely disappointed.

Reviewed on 28 January 2023 by , Tonbridge, United Kingdom

Brilliant show, would recommend seeing!

Great show and cast, lots of suspense built up throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Reviewed on 01 January 2023 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom

Delightful Chills

Everything from A to Z is so great and fresh

Reviewed on 30 December 2022 by , The Woodlands, United States Of America

Surprisingly gripping!

Reviewed on 21 November 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Well written and well presented, would recommend.

Reviewed on 06 November 2022 by , Leicester, United Kingdom

Jump scares a plenty ?

Amazing! Loved every minute of this play. It had the audience screaming and plenty of jump scares, you have to see this play. The acting was so believable it was like being a fly on the wall.

Reviewed on 30 October 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Funny & mysteries

Reviewed on 26 October 2022 by , Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom

Amazing performance!

Reviewed on 22 October 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

Booked specifically to see Laura Whitmore and she wasn't in it with no explanation and she clearly wasn't there two days before either as she was at NTAS!!!

Reviewed on 22 October 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

A must see. Nail baiting till the end.

Reviewed on 21 October 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 03 October 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

The play was scary, funny and sad. You were engrossed from the beginning. The audience laughed and gasped in equal measure. We were so not ready for the ending.

Reviewed on 24 September 2022 by , Carlisle, United Kingdom

Amazing evening

Reviewed on 18 September 2022 by , Heathfield, United Kingdom

Nice Twist

Reviewed on 15 September 2022 by , Lantana, United States Of America

Tense, had you jumping out of your seat

Reviewed on 10 September 2022 by , Lothersdale, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 07 September 2022 by , London, United Kingdom

13 Apr
Eleni Cashell

New cast of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY announced

by Eleni Cashell | Thursday, April 13 2023, 11:40

The fifth cast has been announced for the next West End run of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY at the Apollo Theatre.

Performing from 14 May, the new cast are Sophia Bush, Ricky Champ, Clifford Samuel and Jaime Winstone.

New cast of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY announced
26 Jan
Eleni Cashell

First look: 2:22 A GHOST STORY

by Eleni Cashell | Thursday, January 26 2023, 12:53

2:22 A Ghost Story Check out these new spooktacular photos of 2:22 A GHOST STORY, currently running at the Lyric Theatre until 23 April 2023.

The show stars Cheryl in her West End debut as Jenny, Louise Ford as Lauren, Scott Karim as Sam, and recently returning to reprise his role as Ben, Jake Wood.

First look: 2:22 A GHOST STORY
17 Jan
Eleni Cashell

2:22 A GHOST STORY rehearsal pictures released

by Eleni Cashell | Tuesday, January 17 2023, 15:28

2:22 A Ghost Story Ahead of its opening night on the 21 January, these spooktacular pictures of 2:22 A GHOST STORY have been released.

Running at the Lyric Theatre, it stars Cheryl in her West End debut as Jenny, Hugo Chegwin as Ben, Louise Ford as Lauren and Scott Karim as Sam.

2:22 A GHOST STORY rehearsal pictures released
07 Dec
Eleni Cashell

2:22 – A Ghost Story Announces New Cast for Lyric Theatre Transfer

by Eleni Cashell | Wednesday, December 7 2022, 11:29

The spooktacular sensation, 2:22: A Ghost Story, has announced its Lyric Theatre cast.

Opening the fourth West End transfer for the supernatural thriller will be Cheryl as Jenny, Hugo Chegwin as Ben, Louise Ford as Lauren and Scott Karim as Sam.

2:22 – A Ghost Story Announces New Cast for Lyric Theatre Transfer
13 May
London Box Office

2:22 - A Ghost Story – See Production Images of the Cast

by London Box Office | Friday, May 13 2022, 11:01

2:22 A Ghost Story Production images have just been released for the transfer of Danny Robins' popular supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story. The show’s about to embark on a third season at the Criterion Theatre following a record breaking run at the Noel Coward and another at the Gielgud. It’s on stage at its new home until 4th September 2022.

2:22 - A Ghost Story – See Production Images of the Cast
30 Mar
London Box Office

2:22 - A Ghost Story - Cast announced for a transfer to the Criterion Theatre

by London Box Office | Wednesday, March 30 2022, 09:51

The hit play by Danny Robins, directed by Matthew Dunster, has been scaring people for some time. Now it’s transferring again, this time to the Criterion Theatre until 4th September 2022. The announcement follows two record breaking runs at the Noel Coward and Gielgud Theatres. Now the casting has been announced.

2:22 A Ghost Story 2.22 A Ghost Story - Tom Felton, Mandip Gill, Beatriz Romilly, Sam Swainsbury - photo by Muse.

2:22 - A Ghost Story - Cast announced for a transfer to the Criterion Theatre
12 Nov
London Box Office

This Week in the West End: Book of Mormon, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more

by London Box Office | Friday, November 12 2021, 17:34

The Book of Mormon - London Isn't it great to see the West End opening back up? This week we've seen a flurry of shows extending, Matilda, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables to name just three. We also have exciting new shows opening, a number of extensions, thrilling opening nights, and a couple of hot theatreland rumours we hope will come true. Read on for this week's West End round-up, and come back next week for the reopening of some great comedies.

This Week in the West End: Book of Mormon, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more
08 Nov
London Box Office

2:22 - A Ghost Story - Transfer Casting Announced!

by London Box Office | Monday, November 8 2021, 20:15

2:22 A Ghost Story Having already broken box office records at the Noel Coward Theatre, Danny Robins and Runaway Entertainments' terrifying ghost story is about to transfer to the Gielgud Theatre. The casting has just been announced. Described as an exceptional edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller, it's on stage at the Gielgud from 24th November to 12th February 2022 for a strictly limited 10 week run.

2:22 - A Ghost Story - Transfer Casting Announced!
15 Jun
London Box Office

2:22 A Ghost Story - 2021 West End Dates

by London Box Office | Tuesday, June 15 2021, 10:04

2:22 A Ghost Story Update for 2:22 – A Ghost Story at the Noel Coward Theatre

Runaway Entertainment is delighted to present a dazzling new play by Danny Robins that's guaranteed to keep you right on the edge of your seats. Welcome to 2:22 - A GHOST STORY, a fantastically scary supernatural thriller about four friends directed by Matthew Dunster. Lily Allen, who is famously passionate about live performance of all kinds, stars as Jenny, and she is by all accounts thrilled to be part of this brilliant new show. The fun kicks off on 3rd August.

2:22 A Ghost Story - 2021 West End Dates