LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – British singer-songwriter Lily Allen has carried out in entrance of tens of hundreds however she says taking the stage in London’s West Finish is “a lot scarier”.
Allen, who rose to fame within the late-2000s with hits reminiscent of “Smile” and “Not Truthful”, is making her theatre debut in “2:22 – A Ghost Story”, a supernatural thriller which opened for previews on the Noel Coward Theatre on Aug. 3.
“I do know individuals say ‘effectively, you have been on the stage earlier than’, however it’s a utterly totally different expertise,” Allen, who has spent 5 weeks rehearsing for the function, instructed Reuters.
“I undoubtedly really feel an enormous quantity of strain.”
The 36-year-old, mentioned she was settling into a brand new life in New York together with her household and had no performing ambitions when, out of the blue, she was provided the half.
“I did not have an agent. I wasn’t on the lookout for tasks … And I obtained a telephone name from a casting director saying ‘would you be up for doing a play?’ And I simply form of thought ‘effectively, no, probably not’. However then I considered it. And I assumed it was such an awesome alternative,” Allen, who married “Stranger Issues” actor David Harbour in 2020 and has two kids from a earlier relationship, mentioned.
In “2:22 – A Ghost Story” she performs Jenny, a younger lady who believes her new house is haunted. Her conviction causes stress in her relationship together with her rationalist husband Sam (Hadley Fraser). Julia Chan and Jake Wooden additionally co-star.
Author Danny Robins, who additionally makes his West Finish debut with the play, mentioned the story was impressed by a buddy’s “actually credible” account of a supernatural encounter.
“, there is a cause why we have believed in ghosts since prehistoric instances,” he mentioned. “Dying is that this huge, scary, horrible factor, this concept that we simply all stop to exist. So we want ghosts in our lives.”
“2:22 – A Ghost Story” opens to the general public on Aug. 12 and will probably be staged till Oct. 16.
Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Enhancing by Aurora Ellis