Published Tuesday, 17th January 2023
By James Cowen
Credit: Helen Murray
Geordie singer-songwriter turned actress Cheryl has been hard at work over the past few months as she rehearses for her West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story.
Alongside the Girls Aloud star, the cast includes Hugo Chegwin (People Just Do Nothing), Scott Karim (The Invisible Hand) and Louise Ford (The Windsors).
New pictures were released today, with one photo showing Cheryl in a cosy black jumper, deep in conversation while holding a brew and what looks like a kitchen set in another, giving us all a small glimpse into rehearsal life.
Cheryl plays Jenny who 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 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're going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they'll know.
Following record-breaking seasons at the Noël Coward, Gielgud and Criterion with a host of acclaimed star performances, this edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller returns once again for a brand-new limited engagement at the Lyric Theatre. 2:22 is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and is directed by Matthew Dunster. Look out for the clues to unlock the mystery in this brilliantly funny and intriguing play; it's an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts may or may not appear… What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth? "THERE'S SOMETHING IN OUR HOUSE. I HEAR IT EVERY NIGHT, AT THE SAME TIME"
Announcing her debut a few months ago, the 'Let You' singer said:
'Hey!!! .. I am SO excited to be starring in the west end thriller @222aghoststory !!
'I will be playing the role of Jenny from January – April! I went to see the show with a previous cast and LOVED IT ! It is a totally new and exciting experience for me so if you're looking for a fun night out & some entertainment in your new year tickets are available now….whenever you're ready ?!! ? #222aghoststory.'
Giovanna Fletcher, who was also previously cast in the role, added: 'Whoooooop!!! A fresh Jenny dance! Welcome to the family. Xx'
Lily Allen was the first to take on the role of Jenny when the West End play opened in the summer of 2021.
Credit: Seamus James
Directed by Matthew Dunster, the production 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, illusions by Chris Fisher, and associate direction by Matt Hassall.
2:22 A Ghost Story will run at the Lyric Theatre from this Saturday to 23 April, with tickets on sale now.