Tom Felton will star in supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story when it opens at the Criterion Theatre in May 2022.
Back by popular demand, this spine-tingling thriller will also feature Mandip Gill, Beatriz Romilly and Sam Swainsbury.
Felton, best known for his breakthrough performance as ‘Draco Malfoy’ in the Harry Potter series of films, will play the role of Sam. Since completing his run on the Harry Potter series Tom has gone on to star in award winning films The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, A United Kingdom, and Belle; television series The Flash, Netflix filmThe Forgotten Battle and was most recently seen on screen in SKY’s Save the Cinema.
“I’m incredibly excited about getting to play in 2:22. I first started acting age 6 in a local theatre group and I haven’t trodden the boards since. I love the play, I’ve taken all my family to see it & everyone leaves with a smile. I’m thrilled to be part of this summers cast and will have a lot of fun with it.” said Tom Felton
Mandip Gill will play Jenny. Mandip played companion Yasmin Khan in series 11, 12 and 13 of Doctor Who opposite Jodie Whittaker. She also played Phoebe McQueen in Hollyoaks and has appeared in Cuckoo, Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital and Casualty.
Mandip Gill said: “I am thrilled to be making my West End debut as part of the new cast of an already successful show. I am equally scared of ghosts so this should be fun.”
Beatriz Romilly will play the role of Lauren. She is best known for her work in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers and War of the Worlds. She has also appeared on stage at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Bush Theatre.
“I’m delighted to be returning to London and joining the new 2:22 company. I feel very lucky to be working with Matthew Dunster again, and getting a chance to dive into Danny Robins nail biting script with such a wonderful creative team and cast.” said Beatriz Romilly
Sam Swainsbury will play Ben. He is known best for his roles as Jason in the BBC sitcom Mum and Rowan in the 2019 film Fisherman’s Friends.
Sam Swainsbury said: “It’s such a privilege to be joining the 2:22 company! I was really drawn to the script. It’s engaging, funny, exciting and poignant, but… there was something else. Something I can’t put my finger on. Drawing me to it. Almost like… like a voice. From another place. That’s normal, right?!”
This is the third time that 2:22 – A Ghost Story is transferring into a West End theatre, following its premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre last Summer starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood; and then its transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in December 2021 starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher.
This edge-of-your-seat thriller is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, who created hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and is directed by Matthew Dunster.
Matthew Dunster said: “Planning our 3rd iteration of 2:22 has been just as exciting as the first two; working with Danny and my Co-Director, Isabel Mar, and our brilliant casting directors to re-imagine the characters once more. It’s such a privilege to do that and to know audiences are excited about ‘who’s next?’ We have a wonderful cast that once again is loaded with surprise, excitement and West End Debuts. People love watching this show and we love making it.”
In the play, 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.
The wider creative team for 2:22 – A Ghost Story includes set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG and illusions by Chris Fisher, co-direction by Isabel Marr.
2:22 – A Ghost Story runs from 7 May 2022 until 4 September 2022 at the Criterion Theatre, London