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

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Nathaniel: I do not believe in ghosts, and frankly, if I did, I wouldn’t be able to do the show because I’d freak myself out too much. Me and Liz were too scared to talk about it initially, but when we finally did, we realised that we were both having similar experiences. Bar a handful of genuinely terrifying moments, it's hardly The Exorcist, but maybe that's for the best. The clever use of a movement sensor on the back porch is exploited throughout the play to increase tension. But his arrogant rationalism feels like a betrayal to Jenny, who resents living in a scary house she had reservations about from the start.

In The Guardian, Kate Wyver wrote, "With a brilliant sense of mounting dread and just the right number of jump-scares, Danny Robins' new ghost story is a slick, chilling romp of a play", adding, "You wouldn't know this is Allen's first time acting in the West End. And with no shortage of star power – the Ahmanson cast comprises of “Crazy Rich Asians” lead Constance Wu, Emmy-nominee Finn Wittrock, “Pitch Perfect” actor Anna Camp and “Ozark” star Adam Rothenberg. When I worked full time alongside stand up I drove home from a gig in Brighton all the way with no stops… took me about nine hours and I made it to work in the morning. It visualises the stripping back the layers of the past and revealing people who have previously lived there.The character development is much better than it even needs to be, and I am sure it works like gangbusters on stage. Over one adrenaline-filled night - as the foxes scream outside - secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear. The cast guide the audience with skill, capturing the dynamic of a close-knit group, easing the crowd into dinner time conversation and minor bickering, only to amp up the ante and conflict with divisive beliefs and intermittent fox shrieks. I read this after seeing the London play twice, and it is still as electrifying and beautiful to read as it was to watch. I saw the production starring Constance Wu and Anna Camp in Los Angeles, and the West End production starting Cheryl.

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.The show was also nominated for four WhatsOnStage Awards, and won Best New Play, Best Actress for Allen and Best Supporting Actor for Wood. Laughs, tension, and jump-out-of-your-seat scary – it’s going to be a good night out with plenty to talk about over a bevvy after. If this anecdote sends a shiver down your spine or at least makes you smile at the coincidence, you’ll have a grand time at his show, which places a good old-fashioned ghost story at the center of a relationship drama.

Robins says at this point Felton gave him a strange look and told the author to look up his Wikipedia entry. Human interaction shouldn’t be the hardest thing to credit in a drama that has furniture moving on its own accord. But Robins also weaves in intriguing themes, imagining ghosts as refugees, homeless people, dementia sufferers or revenants dredged up by gentrification.Scary enough, perhaps, to have you turn on the light the next time you hear an unusual sound at night, just to check the time.

The production, directed by Matthew Dunster, is trying to give sophisticated modern horror a run for its cinematic money. On 11 August 2022, an extension of the engagement at the Criterion was announced starring Laura Whitmore as Jenny, Felix Scott as Sam, Matt Willis as Ben and Tamsin Carroll as Lauren, running from 6 September to 8 January 2023. Danny’s play is a brilliant investigation into the ghosts that haunt us and the how’s and why's they come to be. SAM gets to the point in the story where the family have tiptoed into the cave and spotted something in the dark… JENNY turns the monitor off. Danny Robins’ storytelling is clever, witty and easily allows the audience to understand the characters, leading the narrative creatively to a climax no-one saw coming.

It’s a sin star Nathaniel Curtis and EastEnders Louisa Lytton head to Norwich Theatre Royal in the spine-tingling play 2:22 A Ghost Story .

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