EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton has announced her next role after stepping back from the BBC One soap.

Now the star, who played fan-favourite Ruby Allen on Albert Square, is set to be returning to theatre after a break away from acting.

Mum-of-one Louisa, 34, who shares her one year old daughter Aura with her husband Ben Bhanvra, is heading on a tour with the critically-acclaimed theatre production 2:22 A Ghost Story.

The dramatic show first burst into the West End with Girls Aloud icon and singer Cheryl in the lead role, and received praise across the board.

After a limited run, One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush then took over, with EastEnders' Ricky Champ acting alongside her.

Now Louisa is set to join the cast for the production's UK tour, as the play heads around the country.

The former Ruby star will also be acting alongside another former EastEnders star, as Joe Absolom has now been cast.

The Witcher: Blood Origin actor Nathaniel Curtis is also billed for the latest imagining, as well as Mayflies actress Charlene Boyd.

Louisa will be spending the next few months rehearsing for the intense play, as she gears up to travel around theatres nationwide in September.

Sharing the news with fans on her Instagram page, the soap star said: "Layered, slick and extremely chilling, writing like this does not come around often, a gift of a role.

"I cannot wait to get started with this amazing team!" she added excitedly.

She also captioned her post: "Thrilled to finally be able to say I'm back on the boards! With a new cast of @222aghoststory.

"A gift of a role, an incredible script. Pretty dreamy stuff. Catch up around the UK from 1st Sep! See you soon."

Louisa plays a woman called Jenny in 2:22, who is married to husband Sam (Nathaniel), and the couple invite an old friend called Ben (Joe) and his girlfriend Lauren (Charlene) round for a dinner party.

Once the group is assembled, Jenny explains her terrifying experience with ghostly encounters as she insists that the house is haunted.

Determined to discover the truth, she asks her guests to stay up with her until 2:22am in the hope that any paranormal activity will emerge.

The production was written by talented playwright Danny Robbins and continues to gain praise from the industry and fans.

"I've heard so much about 2:22 so am really honoured to be asked to join the new cast," Joe also shared. "I can't wait to see how A Ghost Story plays out in the medium of theatre… Boo!"

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