Mandip Gill starts her West End run in the award winning 2:22: A Ghost Story at the Criterion Theatre
One more episode of the Thirteenth Doctor era will air later this year. But the cast are already moving on to exciting new projects. For Mandip Gill, whose three series as Yaz makes her one of the longest running Doctor Who companions, this means a West End debut at the prestigious Criterion Theatre. Starting tonight, Gill takes a starring role in Danny Robbins’ tense supernatural thriller 2:22: A Ghost Story.
Mandip Gill plays the central role of Jenny, a young woman proud to have finally bought her first home with her husband, Sam. But she’s troubled by strange noises the move through the house at 2:22 am every night. Strange noises of someone, or some thing, in the nursery with their baby. Increasingly convinced the house is haunted, tensions with the sceptical Sam bubble over at their first dinner party in the new house. The four, Jenny, Sam, old friend Lauren and Lauren’s new boyfriend Ben, make a plan. They will all stay up until 2:22am. That way either they’ll see the ghost for themselves, or one of Sam’s various mundane explanations for the noises will be proved correct.
But as the clock creeps every closer to 2:22, all four feel an increasing, nameless dread pressing in on them. Is it just the effect of Jenny’s own paranoia spreading to the others? Or are they not alone…?
2:22: A Ghost Story runs at the Criterion until September
Premiering in 2021, 2:22: A Ghost Story was nominated for three Olivier Awards; Best New Play, Best Sound Design, and Best Actress, for original Jenny Lilly Allen. It also won three What’sOnStage Awards for Best New Play, Allen, and original Ben Jake Wood. Making her debut in such an acclaimed new play, and stepping into Allen’s award winning shoes as Jenny, is a major achievement for Gill. And it’s a strong sign of a distinguished post-Doctor Who career ahead for the former Yaz.
Tom Felton, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the eight Harry Potter films, co-stars as Sam. The production also stars Beatriz Romilly as Lauren and Sam Swainsbury as Ben.
This production of 2:22: A Ghost Story runs from today, the 7th of May, until the 4th of September. Tickets start at £15 and can be booked from the Criterion Theatre or via the 2:22 website.
2:22: A Ghost Story
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 that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.