She shocked her fans when she announced she would be the latest celebrity to star as Jenny in the West End play 2:22 A Ghost Story.
Still, Cheryl’s move into comedy seems to be paying off, judging by critical reviews of her performance at the press night.
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Claudia Connell praised Cheryl for her performance, saying, “As a stressed, sleep-deprived new mum, Cheryl is excellent.”
She added: “His movements on stage are less natural – rather stiff, in fact – and there are times when I miss some of his dialogue.
“She also speaks with an irritating upward inflection where every statement sounds like a question.”
But despite this, Claudia said Cheryl is “pretty doing well in performance.”
Dominic Cavendish is full of praise for Cheryl, saying: “She proves a class act and – whisper it – is even the most understated player on stage.”
He adds, “But when it comes to clashes with Sam, the rookie actress is no novice, bringing something materially, even maritally real to storylines.”
Rachel Halliburton gushed: “Cheryl transcends the fact that she arrives on stage being chased by celebrity glitter.”
She adds that the singer is “both funny and down-to-earth like Jenny” and that she “shows herself to be more than capable of riding the emotional roller coaster”.
Rachel concludes: “Cheryl emerges from the ectoplasm with more than the ghost of a chance to advance her career on stage.
Arifa Akbar says, “Cheryl convincingly plays new mother Jenny”, but adds that co-star Jack Wood “is the strongest bond in the play”.
She adds, “As her own X Factor moment, it’s respectable enough for a first try, if it’s upfront: high volume and sudden, thunderous anger.”
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Nick Curtis calls Cheryl a “sensational event, in every way” asking, “But is Cheryl any good?” before adding, “Actually, yes: definitely good enough to bring a new crowd to this superior spine cooler and remorselessly efficient.”
Alex Wood says: “As for Cheryl, it’s safe to say she makes a confident debut – of course, the intonation sometimes falters, while her outburst of anger can sometimes seem unexpected and one-note (again, most outbursts of those who suffer from sleep deprivation).
“For the most part, this will be a turning point that few critics will find major fault with.”
Andrzej Lukowski said, “Pop star Cheryl delivers a perfectly solid acting performance in the latest iteration of the enduring West End cooler.”
He adds: “The main thing is that she can act enough”, but that it is not “a spectacular turn”.
He continues, “It’s not an inane or embarrassing performance from Cheryl. She struggles to project the beats, and the screaming bits feel a bit forced.
“But she nails her lines, has good comedic timing and generally does her part to support the architecture of Robins’ play.”