2:22 A Ghost Story thrills during Sunderland Empire Theatre's chilling opening night


Stage phenomenon 2:22 A Ghost Story had the audience on the edge of their seats at Sunderland's Empire Theatre in a thrilling opening night.

Danny Robins’s adrenaline-filled supernatural story runs at the theatre until Saturday so there's plenty of time to get your hands on some tickets if you fancy a fright.

There were jump scares a plenty which sent drinks flying as they genuinely caught you off guard. Parts may not be for the faint-hearted but with lots of comedic relief you will probably cope!

The West End production has seen a host of famous faces in the role of Jenny including our very own Cheryl and Lily Allen and US One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush had a short run playing the role of Lauren.

Fiona Wade, best known for playing Priya on Emmerdale, takes on the role of unnerved Jenny in this tour and delivers a truly captivating performance.

The play revolves around new mum Jenny who believes the house that she and her seemingly uncaring husband Sam (George Rainsford) have bought is haunted. She tells him that she hears a noise at the same time every night - 2:22.

The story takes place over the course of one chilling evening when the couple play dinner party hosts to their friend Lauren (Vera Chock) and her new boyfriend Ben (Aaron Dart) as the audience waits for the dreaded 2:22 to appear on the clock.

It's a slow-burning tense thriller but there are plenty of moments of levity thanks to the quick-witted script and bang-on delivery - particularly from Aaron Dart as the cockney Jack-the-Lad Ben. Fans of The Wanted may be disappointed as Jay McGuinness was due to play this role but won't be making an appearance until the last show on Saturday.

The suspense builds up to a spine-chilling twist which I'll bet you don't see coming. All in all a brilliant night at the theatre that will leave you with your nerves in tatters but feeling thoroughly entertained.