Lily Allen will make her West End debut this summer in a new play by Danny Robins at the Noel Coward Theatre.
The chart-topping singer, 36, will play the character Jenny in 2:22 – A Ghost Story, a supernatural thriller about four friends caught up in a night of high tension.
She will be joined on stage by former EastEnders star Jake Wood, City Of Angels actor Hadley Fraser and Julia Chan of Silent House.
Break a leg: Lily Allen will make her West End debut this summer in a new play by Danny Robins at the Noel Coward Theatre
The play follows Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted but her husband Sam (Fraser) remains sceptical.
They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Chan) and new partner Ben (Wood) and decide to stay awake until 2.22am to discover the truth.
Scriptwriter Robins is best known for his docudrama horror podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, starring Dafne Keen and Toby Jones, which is being made into a TV series.
The new play is his debut in the West End.
Cast: The chart-topping singer, 36, will play the character Jenny in 2:22 – A Ghost Story, a supernatural thriller about four friends caught up in a night of high tension (pictured with L-R City Of Angels actor Hadley Fraser, ex-EastEnders star Jake Wood, and Julia Chan)
Olivier Award-nominated director Matthew Dunster will helm the project, after garnering acclaim for his work on Sam Shepard’s True West and two Martin McDonagh plays.
Allen, who married actor David Harbour in September 2020, said: ‘I am so excited about getting to work on this play. The live performance aspect of my career has always been the most thrilling part for me, connecting with a group of individuals and the spontaneity of whatever happens on the night.
‘I feel that stepping into this play is an exciting natural extension of that and affords me the best of all worlds.
‘I get to explore mature subject matter, be a woman with a real point of view and show the West End audiences how much I love live performance and being in front of an audience. I can’t wait.
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‘Danny’s play is a brilliant investigation into the ghosts that haunt us and the hows and whys they come to be.
‘It’s everything I love; wit, a meditation on marriage and relationships and family all hinging on a frightening plot.
‘Matthew is an amazing director who has worked with some of the coolest material theatre has to offer. I’m a fan of what he does, and so honoured that he asked me to come on board.’
Dunster said: ‘I’m so excited to be directing this play. A unique combination of horror and social commentary.
Coming soon: The play follows Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted but her husband Sam (Fraser) remains sceptical
Exchanged vows: Lily is married to Stranger Things star David Harbour (pictured last year on their wedding day)
‘Danny has really come up with something special and scary for audiences to experience together as they return to the theatre.
‘Myself and designer Anna Fleischle like creating an atmosphere of suspense, just as we did together on Hangmen and A Very Very Very Dark Matter.
‘And this is Lily’s stage debut, and I feel really privileged and excited to be guiding that.
‘Lastly, I’ve always wanted to direct something that means at the end you ask punters and press not to spoil it for those who’ll come later. There’s a real surprise waiting for audiences.’
Robins said: ‘I’m thrilled to be making my West End debut with this jaw-dropping cast and Matthew, one of the most exciting directors in British theatre.
‘Anyone who’s heard The Battersea Poltergeist will know my fascination with the question ‘Do ghosts exist?’, so 2:22 has been a labour of love, exploring the clash between belief and scepticism through a couple’s relationship. And of course it’s bloody scary!’
The play will feature set design by Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, casting by Jessica Ronane and illusions by Chris Fisher.
It opens on August 3 with a press night on August 11. Tickets are on sale from 9am on June 10.
The announcement comes after David recently revealed what pushed him to tie the knot with Lily last September – claiming it was indeed her daughters Ethel and Marnie that tipped the scales.
In a hilarious account about the decision, he revealed her two daughters had driven him to wed the star when they described him as, ‘Just some guy in our lives’ – a label he wanted removed.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, he stated that the wise girls had made him realise he ‘needed’ to marry Lily.
He explained: ‘We were riding around beginning of pandemic and we were riding bikes out in the country trying to figure out what we were gonna do for the next year or however long it was going to take…
‘And the little one was riding along and she was going like, ‘David, dad, David, dad.’ Because the D got her confused. And the older one got very upset with that, which I understand. She was like, ‘He’s not our dad! He’s not our dad!”
Responsibility: The Stranger Things star recently said Lily’s daughters have driven him to tie the knot with Lily
‘And then younger one was like, ‘Well what is he? He’s kind of our dad.’ She’s like, ‘No he’s not, he’s our stepdad.’ And she goes, ‘What is he?’ And she goes, ‘He’s just some guy in our lives!”
David said: ‘I was like, “I need to marry this woman”… Because the emotional fallout. That’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever been called. ‘Just some guy in our lives.’ 9 years old going on 35. ‘Just some guy in our lives.’ ”
The couple travelled to Vegas where they acquired a marriage license and the following day they exchanged vows with an Elvis impersonator officiating.
Lily’s daughters divide their time between her and David, and their dad Sam from whom the singer was divorced in 2018 after seven years of marriage.
Family: In a hilarious account about the decision, he revealed her two daughters had driven him to wed the star when they described him as, ‘Just some guy in our lives’ – a label he wanted removed