Lily Allen to make West End debut this summer

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Lily Allen is set to star in a supernatural thriller. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Lily Allen is set to star in a supernatural thriller. (Getty Images)

Lily Allen is set to make her West End debut this summer at the Noel Coward Theatre.

The singer will play Jenny in a new play by Danny Robins, 2:22 - A Ghost Story, a supernatural thriller about four friends caught up in a night of high tension.

The 36-year-old's cast mates will include EastEnders star Jake Wood, City Of Angels actor Hadley Fraser and Julia Chan of Silent House.

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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.

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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.

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 wed actor David Harbour last year, 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.

“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.

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“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.”

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.

With additional reporting by PA.

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