News: Ayckbourn’s supernatural play set to terrify anyone brave enough to see it

This first UK tour of the critically acclaimed London production of Alan Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia is currently on the road and will stop off at Derby Theatre next week and run from Mon 22 until Sat 27 October. 

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. 


The cast includes: Duncan Preston, Richard O’Callaghan, Joe McFadden and Louise Kempton


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 Dinnerladies, also written by and starring Victoria Wood. Duncan was a regular in ITV’s Surgical Spirit and also 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. Joe recently appeared in Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Director, 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 and The Norman Conquests


Haunting Julia is part of Derby Theatre's Season Ticket deal and standard ticket prices are £10 – £21with concessions also available.

For more information and to book tickets call the Box Office on or book online at


View the trailer for Haunting Julia HERE:


Listings info Derby Theatre Mon 22 – Sat 27 October, 7.30pm, matinees on Wed & Sat, 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £21, concessions £10 - £19 Box Office: 

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