Cheryl Tweedy will make her West End debut next year starring in the supernatural thriller 2:22: A Ghost Story.
The singer and former member of Girls Aloud will take on the lead role of Jenny, a role originally played by Lily Allen when the series premiered in London in the summer of 2021, starting in January.
The new ghost story comes courtesy of Danny Robins, who came to prominence with his horror podcast The Battersea Poltergeist.
According to the official synopsis, 2:22 tells the story of four friends who have dinner in a house that Cheryl’s character believes is haunted. She hears a strange sound every night at 2:22 am, so the four friends stay up to see if they can find out the truth.
Cheryl will be joined by People Just Do Nothing’s Hugo Chegwin as Ben, Louise Ford as Lauren, Horrible Histories as Lauren, and Scott Karim as Sam in a new 14-week season at the Lyric Theatre, starting on 21 January 2023.
Other actors who have taken part in the play since its creation include Tom Felton, star of Harry Potter, and James Buckley, from The Inbetweeners.
Cheryl shared the news on Instagram: “I’m SO excited to star in the thriller 222. A Ghost Story! A Ghost Story! I’ll be playing the role of Jenny from January to April.
“I’ve been to the show with a team before and I love it! It’s a whole new and exciting experience for me, so if you’re looking for a fun night out and some entertainment in the new year, get your tickets now.”
Commenting on the show’s debut last year, the Robins creator said: “I’m really excited to be making my West End debut with this amazing cast and Matthew [Dunster], one of the most interesting directors of the British theatre. Anyone who has heard The Battersea Poltergeist will know my fascination with the question “do ghosts exist?”, so 2:22 was a labor of love, exploring the tension between faith and doubt through a couple’s relationship.
“And of course, it’s very scary! I wanted to create a night in the theater that would give you that delicious tingle down your spine and keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. There’s something very cathartic about it. ghost stories: What better way to celebrate the end of social distancing than to grab the arm of a scared colleague?