The production now stars Cheryl, Scott Karim, Louise Ford and Jake Wood.
The Guardian: *** “The production ultimately succeeds not because of its ramped up comedy but in spite of it. It will surely win audiences once again: it has entertainment value, and there are intelligent discussions about gentrification which bring depth to the ghost story as well. But there is the sense here that having become such a machine, it risks losing its heart.”
WhatsOnStage: **** “Kudos has to go to director Matthew Dunster – creating a taut, snappy, audience-friendly pace that coils Danny Robins’ script like a spring, letting it bounce loose with unexpected anarchy at various intervals.”
Time Out: *** “She may not give a life-changing turn, but it’s fun to see Cheryl onstage. Certainly it’ll get a different audience in. Hopefully she’s having a nice time. Probably she’ll encourage more big names to come. Perhaps in the future we’ll all be in ‘2:22’ for 15 minutes.”
This is Local London: “With more frightful screams randomly taking place, it’s safe to say it was an adrenaline-filled night. The set was minimal but was effective for setting the scene, the house being half done adds to the plot of the couple just moving in with the newborn.”
Evening Standard: **** “the play still compels, entertains and unnerves. It’s well placed to become the West End’s spookiest long-runner once the Woman in Black closes. And it’s become the sort of pro-celebrity vehicle that Chicago the musical formerly was, a place where those well-known in other fields can take a usually successful punt on acting (much to the disgust of the professionally trained and underemployed). In Cheryl’s case, it absolutely pays dividends.”
The Telegraph: **** “Cheryl, it says on the billboards outside the Lyric, the name spiriting to life a teasingly clever and deservedly lucrative spine-tingler.”
The Stage: *** “Girls Aloud superstar Cheryl proves a natural in her stage debut at London’s Lyric Theatre.”
2:22: A Ghost Story continues to play at the Lyric Theatre until the 23rd April. You can book tickets here.