Do you believe in the afterlife? In things that go bump in the night? Or are you just really frightened by Melbourne’s sky-high house prices? If you said “yes” to any of this, you may feel a shiver of anticipation, as if someone walked over your grave, for Olivier Award-nominated West End show 2:22 – A Ghost Story at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Penned by journalist and playwright Danny Robins, who created the popular BBC Radio 4 podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and directed by Olivier-nominated Matthew Dunster, the Australian staging casts model-turned-actor Gemma Ward and Crazy Rich Asians star Remy Hii as Jenny and Sam, a young couple who have over-extended themselves to afford their crumbling Footscray home. She’s convinced it’s haunted by an unquiet spirit tramping around their baby’s nursery at 2:22 am in the dead of every night. Sam’s sceptical, but Jenny has invited her old college mate Lauren (Ruby Rose, John Wick: Chapter 2) and her new partner Ben (Daniel MacPherson, Poker Face) for dinner. They hit on the idea of staying up all night to find out.