2:22 – A Ghost Story at 3Olympia Theatre

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Louise Phillips

If you’re a thriller writer, you’ll relish every moment of this show – from the characters to the construction, it’s brilliantly written and executed, I saw it in London and it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen! Sam Blake

The smash hit play, 2:22 – A Ghost Story by Danny Robins, makes its Irish debut at 3Olympia Theatre for a strictly limited run. Shona McGarty, Jay McGuiness, Colin O’Donoghue, Laura Whitmore announced for standalone Irish production.

Producer Runaway Entertainment is delighted to announce the stellar cast for the critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story opening at Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre this summer for its debut Irish performances.

Shona McGarty (Eastenders) will play Jenny, Jay McGuiness (The Wanted, BIG! The Musical, Rip It Up), who is currently on the UK tour in 2:22 – A Ghost Story, will play Ben, Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon A Time, The Tudors, The Right Stuff, The Gray House) will play Samwith Laura Whitmore (Love Island, Finding Joy, Queenie, and Jenny in 2.22: A Ghost Story in her West End debut) stepping into the role of Lauren.

The very special, standalone Irish production, produced for Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre, will open on 20 June 2024 with performances until 11 August 2024 – for a strictly limited run only. Tickets from €26.50 (including booking fee and restoration levy) are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie

2:22 – A Ghost Story began in summer 2021 at the Noël Coward Theatre, starring Lily Allen, Julia Chan, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood, and where it won the WhatsOnStage award for Best Play. It then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for 10 weeks from 4 December 2021. The production there starring Stephanie Beatriz, James Buckley, Elliot Cowan and Giovanna Fletcher completed its run on 12 February 2022. For the first season at the Criterion (May – September 2022) the cast was Tom Felton, Mandip GIll, Sam Swainsbury and Beatriz Romilly. In late September Laura Whitmore, Matt Willis, Felix Scott and Tamsin Carroll took over.  

The box office record-breaking run at the Lyric starring Cheryl, Jake Wood, Scott Karim, and Louise Ford, concluded its run on 23 April. The West End season at the Apollo Theatre starred Sophia Bush, Frankie Bridge, Ricky Champ, Clifford Samuel and Jaime Winstone, and set off on its UK tour in Autumn 2023 with Joe Absolom, Charlene Boyd, Nathaniel Curtis and Louisa Lytton in the cast. Current cast on the UK tour: Vera Chok (Lauren); Jay McGuiness (Ben); George Rainsford (Sam); Fiona Wade (Jenny).

2:22 is written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, and is directed by Matthew Dunster and Isabel Marr; it’s an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts may or may not appear…

What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth?


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.

2:22 – A Ghost Story features set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Cindy Lin, lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound and illusions by Chris Fisher. Casting by Matilda James.

2:22 – A Ghost Story is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Isobel David and Kater Gordon. 

Listings/Booking Information: 

Venue: Dublin, 3Olympia Theatre

Dates: 20 June – 11 August 2024 

Tickets: From €26.50 (including booking fee and restoration levy) on sale now

Ticket/Box Office Information:

Buy online via Ticketmaster here

Buy in person at 3Olympia Theatre Ticketmaster Box Office at 73 Dame Street, Dublin 2  

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