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Haunting Julia

by Alan Ayckbourn

Mercury Theatre Colchester Wed 29 Aug – Sat 8 Sept, Box Office 01206 573948
Then UK Tour to 8 December

This first UK tour of the critically acclaimed London production of Alan Ayckbourn's HAUNTING JULIA will open at the Mercury Theatre Colchester on Wednesday 29 August for a two week season to Saturday 8 September and then tour for 13 weeks until 8 December 2012.

Julia was a musical prodigy – Little Miss Mozart they called her. At 8 years old she was writing symphonies, by the age of 19 the world was at her feet. Until her body was found lying in a pool of blood.

Twelve years have passed and Joe, her father has never stopped asking why. Did she really take her own life? Or was someone else with her on that fateful night? Strange sounds and signs have begun to haunt the shrine Joe has built to his lost daughter. Tonight he wants an answer....... and he will get it.

In the cast are Duncan Preston (Joe), Richard O’Callaghan (Ken), Joe McFadden (Andy), and Louise Kempton. It is directed by Andrew Hall, with design by John Brooking, lighting by Matthew Eagland and sound by Tom Hackley. It is produced by Hall & Childs Ltd and Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for the Booking Office Ltd in association with the Colchester Mercury Theatre.

Duncan Preston has appeared in many television series. He is best known as Clifford in the BBC series ‘Acorn Antiques’ written and starring Victoria Wood and its musical version at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Julie Walters and Victoria Wood. He played Stan in ‘Dinner Ladies’ also written and starring Victoria Wood. Duncan Preston was a regular in ITV’s ‘Surgical Spirit’ and has played Doug Potts in ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’. Richard O’Callaghan has appeared in many Shakespeare plays with the RSC, National, Open Air Theatre Regents Park and Chichester. He portrayed Pope John Paul I in ‘The Last Confession’ with David Suchet at Chichester and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Joe McFadden is best known for his role as PC Joe Mason in ITV’s ‘Heartbeat’, as Dr Marshland in the BBC’s award winning ‘Cranford’ and in ‘Casualty’. He has just been in ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Andrew Hall directed the sell out season of Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ at Trafalgar Studios in 2009 with Matthew Kelly and Tracey Childs. Last year Andrew played the controversial role of Marc/Marcia Selby in ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’. He was Russell in the long running BBC TV comedy series ‘Butterflies’. Andrew has also directed Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Table Manners’- Norman Conquests.

HAUNTING JULIA was published in 1994. It was revived at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough in 2008 as part of ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’ season with ‘Snake In The Grass’ and ‘Life and Beth’.

Perfs Mon to Sat 7.30pm. Press Night Thurs 30 Aug 7.30pm. (running time 2 hours 10 minutes)
Mats Thurs and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £10.50 - £22.50

3 August 2012