Laura Whitmore seen rehearsing for West End debut after quitting as Love Island host

Laura Whitmore has been pictured in rehearsal for her West End debut after announcing her departure from Love Island as host.

The Irish TV presenter, 37, who is joining the cast of supernatural thriller 2:22 – A Ghost Story, appears concentrated in the pictures as she plays out scenes alongside her co-stars.

Busted singer Matt Willis, Archers actor Felix Scott and Australian actress Tamsin Carroll will also appear in the fourth edition of the play, which will run from September 6 to January 8 at the Criterion Theatre in London.

Other images show the cast huddled together on a sofa surrounded by domestic items including wine bottles and a teddy bear.

Written by Danny Robins and directed by Matthew Dunster, the show follows Jenny (Whitmore), who believes her new home is haunted, while her husband Sam (Scott) is not having any of it.

The couple argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Carroll) and her new partner Ben (Willis), as belief and scepticism clash.

It comes after Laura announced she was quitting Love Island, which she has presented since 2020 after the death of the show’s former host Caroline Flack.

Laura'a husband Iain Stirling – with whom she has a young daughter – has provided the programme’s witty narration since 2015.

Announcing her Love Island departure, Laura posted an image of herself dressed in a red jumpsuit during her presenting stint on this year's show, and alongside it, she wrote: "Some news! I won’t be hosting the next series of Love Island.

"There are certain elements of the show I’ve found very difficult that cannot be changed some due to the format, including the flying back and forth to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects."

"I wish it was still possible but know you’ll be in safe hands. I was only planning to fill in for Caroline for a series and it turned into 3 series.

"I hope I did you proud Caroline," Laura concluded her statement alongside a red heart emoji.

Laura also recently revealed she was leaving her BBC Radio 5 Live show after four years.

2:22 – A Ghost Story will stay at the Criterion Theatre for its fourth season after it moved there for its third edition.

Its previous run at the Noel Coward and Gielgud theatres secured three Olivier nominations, including best new play.


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