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Preview: 2:22 A Ghost Story at Sunderland Empire


The Hit Play 2:22 A Ghost Story, by Danny Robins, is coming to Sunderland

2:22 A Ghost Story

Sunderland Empire

Tuesday 21 - Saturday 24 May 2024


Producer Runway Entertainment today announces additional 10 venues, including a North East date, for the UK tour of the critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story.

The show will visit newly announced Sunderland Empire from Tue 21 – Sat 25 May 2024. Casting to be announced soon.

The additional venues are announced ahead of the opening at the Apollo Theatre this Sunday, which marks a record-breaking fifth transfer for the show. The tour will bring this edge-of-your-seat thriller to audiences across the country.

Written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and directed by Matthew Dunster and Isabel Marr; 2:22 is an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts may, or may not, appear…

Danny Robins said: “I’m so pleased to announce that EVEN MORE audiences across the UK will be able to experience the spine-tingling thrills of 2:22 – A Ghost Story. I can guarantee that every audience, from Truro to Aberdeen, will laugh, scream, cry and jump out of their seats at this ghostly tale.”

What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth?


Jenny 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 something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.

‘A slick, chilling, romp of a play’ – The Guardian

‘A modern classic’ – Sunday Times

Danny Robins is an award-winning writer and journalist. He most recently created The Battersea Poltergeist, an 8-part podcast that combined drama and documentary to tell a real-life ghost story, starring Toby Jones and Dafne Keen. It became a global phenomenon – the #1 Drama Podcast across the world, including the US, and sparked a bidding war for the TV rights. Danny is now adapting it for TV with Hollywood producers Blumhouse. The series recently won the Gold Award for Best Serialised Podcast at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Danny’s first stage play, Rudy’s Rare Records, co-commissioned by Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire was a critical and commercial success (“A wonderful funny, humane play.” The Daily Telegraph). The follow up was the acclaimed End of the Pier at London’s Park Theatre (“A tour de force” Sunday Times). His debut radio drama The Most Wanted Man in Sweden was nominated for the Writer’s Guild’s Tinniswood Award. He has created and written various shows for TV and radio, including the Bafta-nominated hit series Young Dracula, Rudy’s Rare Records and The Cold Swedish Winter. He also presented the podcast series Haunted. His new 15-part podcast series, Uncanny, for BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4, exploring real-life ghost stories, launched on October 20th. “A contemporary Van Helsing… like Bram Stoker’s character, he’s a paranormal hunting polymath…” Sunday Times.

The production premiered at the Noel Coward Theatre, starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser, and Jake Wood, where it won the WhatsOnStage award for Best Play. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks, starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan, and Giovanna Fletcher, which completed its run on 12 February 2021. For the first season at the Criterion (May – September 2022), the cast included Tom Felton, Madip Gill, Sam Swainsbury, and Beatriz Romilly, the second season, launching in September, starred Laura Whitmore, Matt Willis, Felix Scott, and Tamsin Carroll.

The box office record-breaking run at the Lyric cast included Cheryl, Jake Wood, Scot Karim, and Louise Ford, concluded its run on 23 April. The newly announced cast – Sophia Bush (Lauren), Ricky Champ (Ben), Clifford Samuel (Sam), and Jaime Winstone (Jenny) – will begin their run at the Apollo Theatre on 14 May.

2:22 – A Ghost Story features set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound and illusions by Chris Fisher. Casting by Matilda James.

2:22 – A Ghost Story is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon.

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Age recommendation: 12+

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