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Haunting Julia - Riverside Studios

Christopher Timothy in All the Fun of the Fair. Photo credit: Paul Mitchell.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ANDREW Hall (Coronation Street‘s Mark Selby) will direct the London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia at Riverside Studios, where it runs from May 27 (previews from May 25) to July 2, 2011.

Haunting Julia is about a father’s quest to find the truth behind the death of his daughter, a brilliant musician, 12 years earlier.

First published in 1994, Haunting Julia is part of Ayckbourn’s Things That Go Bump trilogy, which also includes Snake in the Grass, currently playing at The Print Room, and Life and Beth.

The production, which was first seen at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre last year, stars Christopher Timothy, Richard O’Callaghan, Dominic Hecht and Louise Kempton.

Christopher Timothy‘s extensive theatre credits include Pa Joad in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath, Sprule in Alan Ayckbourn’s Tons of Money, Henry Windscape in Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms, David Bliss in Sir Peter Hall’s production of Noel Coward’s Hayfever and guest appearances in The Play What I Wrote.

His other West End credits include All the Fun of the Fair, Underneath the Arches, Journey’s End, The Actor’s Nightmare, See How They Run and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

On television, he is best known for playing James Herriot in the long running series All Creatures Great And Small and, more recently, as Mac McGuire in the BBC drama series Doctors. However, he has also appeared on screen in Casualty, Holby City and The Bill (TV); Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Othello, Eskimo Nell, Alfred the Great and The Virgin Soldiers (film).

Andrew Hall‘s directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trafalgar Studios), The Entertainer and Ayckbourn’s Table Manners.

Alan Ayckbourn‘s other plays include Drowning On Dry Land, which can be seen later this month at Jermyn Street Theatre, Man of the Moment, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, A Small Family Business, Way Upstream, Sisterly Feelings, House/Garden and Season’s Greetings, which is currently playing at the National Theatre.