17 March 2023

Why does the mystery unfold at 2:22?

Scary ghost stories, frightening films and paranormal plays have sent shivers down spines for years, with terrifying tales like The Woman in Black and mysterious ‘Whodunnits’ like The Mousetrap getting hearts racing. Plots about the unknown continue to be incredibly popular with 2:22 A Ghost Story play currently enjoying a successful run at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Featuring a star-studded cast, this show explores a wide range of unusual and chilling occurrences. But what’s the significance of 2:22? Let’s delve deeper.

What’s 2:22 A Ghost Story About?

Written by award-winning writer Danny Robins, creator of the hit BBC podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, 2:22 A Ghost Story explores themes of the supernatural. While new mum Jenny (currently played by pop star Cheryl) believes the Greater London home they’re renovating is haunted, husband Sam isn’t having any of it. According to Jenny, she regularly hears the sound of someone moving around the house, often via the baby monitor in her daughter’s bedroom. What makes this even more eerie is that the noises happen at exactly 2:22 every single night. Heated discussions take place during a dinner party at the property with old friends. Secrets emerge, and beliefs clash - but something feels strange and frightening. Could it be a real-life ghost experience? And will Jenny ever get to the bottom of it?

What’s the Significance of 2:22?

So why does the spiritual activity seem to happen at 2:22 in the morning? And what’s the significance of this number? Well firstly, experiencing paranormal activity at the same time every night adds to the dramatic tension of the play. Audiences immediately feel tense at the thought and the story becomes instantly gripping. Secondly, the time 2:22 adds to the show’s plot, helping the storyline evolve. Jenny and Sam are entertaining friends. Their talk of the supernatural deepens and emotions are heightened. Who’s wrong and who’s right? It seems the only way to find out is to stay up until 2:22 to see what really goes on at this time.

Interestingly, three of the same numbers together have regularly been associated with the supernatural. 666, for example, is a widely recognised symbol for the antichrist or devil. In a similar way, 222 is thought to be a spiritual symbol that’s often seen by people as a sign of positive encouragement and guidance from angels. Some people also believe seeing 222 repeatedly means that you have some choices to make in your life.

What do you think? Do you believe in spooky activity or spiritual numbers? Do you wake up at the same time every night and wonder why?

2:22 A Ghost Story is currently playing at London’s Lyric Theatre so be sure to book tickets today and enjoy a dramatic night out to remember.