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2:22 – A Ghost Story (NHB Modern Plays)

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They both arrive at cataclysmic climaxes, and they carry those moments with a sense of shock and awe. The jump scares and Chris Fisher’s impressive if underused illusions aside, this is intriguing rather than terrifying. His blue-collar believer is at turns dryly funny, wearily indignant, and vociferously committed to the things he is certain are true. But the dimensions of the Ahmanson stage are so vast that it’s as if cocktail banter were being traded across a canyon.

Following the successful run at the Noël Coward, it was announced the play would transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, running from 4 December 2021 to 12 February 2022.

Louisa Lytton ( EastEnders) and Nathaniel Curtis ( It’s A Sin) give life to Jen and Sam, even if their relationship is neither completely believable nor particularly compelling. George Rainsford (who will play Sam) said: ‘I can’t wait to join the cast of 2:22 A GHOST STORY, working with an amazing cast and crew. The final twist reveals the answer to whatever’s been happening at 2:22 each night, it was unexpected and gained gasps from the audience; I almost want to go back and watch it again, to trace the clues! But his arrogant rationalism feels like a betrayal to Jenny, who resents living in a scary house she had reservations about from the start.

Time scrambles, and Jenny and Sam (Wittrock), her physics professor husband, are entertaining another couple.provides rich opportunities for any drama group wanting to make things go bump in the night – and their audiences scream. Over one adrenaline-filled night - as the foxes scream outside - secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear. Sam and Ben instantly clash and it’s clear that Jen and Sam are also having difficulties, leading to increasing tensions that don’t just stem from the potential ghostly happenings. These (courtesy of screaming foxes) do not really arise from the plot or characters and could be seen as somewhat unearned. While the weather is remiss of traditional horror movies, all fog and lightning, Ian Dickinson’s soundscape and musical undercurrents mean that even in the calmest moments, the audience remains tense, on edge for the latest scream or revelation.

In America, the story has been transplanted to Boston and its now coyotes who can be heard throughout the night. The genre is much more at home in the pitch dark of movie houses, where viewers can scream anonymously while comforting themselves with fistfuls of buttered popcorn. Cheryl, Hugo Chegwin, Louise Ford and Scott Karim will be playing at the Lyric Theatre, London from 21 January 2023 to 23 April 2023. One of my favourite things about this production is the way lighting and sound design is used to immerse the audience. I am huge fan of Danny Robins’ script, it’s such a fun and thrilling night at the theatre and I look forward to spooking audiences up and down the country… everyone enjoys to be a little scared sometimes, right?The ending is a gut punch, a twist that I was not expecting and couldn’t help but audibly responding to. It’s a waste of acting resources to gather Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Fresh Off the Boat”), Finn Wittrock (Mike Nichols’ Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” many Ryan Murphy endeavors) , Anna Camp (“True Blood” and the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy) and Adam Rothenberg (Mel Sattem on the final two seasons of Neflix’s “Ozark”) for a Center Theatre Group offering that is more surface than substance.

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