Lily Allen’s West End debut could be her most important role yet as a popstar, a writer, and a sex-toy entrepreneur.
When she makes her stage debut as the lead in 2:22: A Ghost Story, the brutally honest pop star will draw on her own experiences.
Lily Allen made a name for herself by being refreshingly, unmistakably herself.
Her personality pervades her music in ways that most pop stars can only dream of: she deals honestly and wittily with fame, family, sex, motherhood, and drug addiction in her lyrics, and she is forthright about her insecurities in interviews and her 2018 memoir.
But now Allen is shedding her trademark and transforming into someone else entirely, as she makes her West End debut as the lead in 2:22: A Ghost Story, which premieres next week – her first major acting role.
How will this paragon of truth-telling, warts and all, adjust to a profession based on the concept of pretending to be someone you’re not?
For starters, Allen’s performance is infused with her own personal experiences.
Allen plays a woman who believes her house is haunted in 2:22, but her husband does not believe her.
Allen has said she can relate to the feeling of being pursued by a powerful force with no one listening to your protests, citing Noughties paparazzi culture and a stalker who plagued her life for many years as examples of how super-stardom dreams can quickly devolve into something out of a horror movie.
Allen’s debut album, Alright, Still, was released in 2006, at the height of an era when pop stars were treated with disdain at best and inhumane treatment at worst.
Now we’re starting to consider the impact of that period on celebrities like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse.
Allen has always been one of the most forthright and articulate voices in describing how it feels to be in this unique kind of hell.
In some ways, 2:22’s eerie tale – written by Danny Robins, whose podcast The Battersea Poltergeist was a hit earlier this year – is just another way of delving into the topic.
Although this is Allen’s first leading role, the 36-year-old has appeared in films produced by her mother, Alison Owen (the 1998 Cate Blanchett film Elizabeth; 2019’s How to Build a Girl) with minor roles.
Keith Allen, her father, is an actor.
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Lily Allen’s West End debut may be her most important role yet as a popstar, writer, and sex-toy entrepreneur.