Haunting Ayckbourn chiller enjoys revival at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 October 2018

L-R: Matthew Spencer, Sam Cox and Clive Llewellyn who feature in the play Haunting Julia at the Queen's Theatre. Picture: Mark Sepple

L-R: Matthew Spencer, Sam Cox and Clive Llewellyn who feature in the play Haunting Julia at the Queen's Theatre. Picture: Mark Sepple


If you’re a fan of all things paranormal then this chilling ghost story could be one for you.

The Queen’s Theatre has announced the cast for its revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s play Haunting Julia.

Matthew Spencer returns to the Hornchurch stage following his performance in the Queen’s world premiere production of The Invisible Man last year.

His other credits include 1984 at Playhouse Theatre and on international tour, and The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre.

Playing the character of Joe is Sam Cox from Vaudeville Theatre’s A Woman of No Importance and A Misdummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic.

They are joined by Clive Llewellyn as Ken. He has previously appeared in Twist of Gold at the Polka Theatre and the National Theatre’s Beckett in Brixton.

Haunting Julia tells the story of Julia Lukin, a 19-year-old musical prodigy who has been nicknamed Little Miss Mozart in the tabloids.

She was composing symphonies aged eight and by 19 the world was at her feet, until her dead body was found mysteriously in a dingy attic.

Twelve years on and her father Joe has never come to terms with this, unsure of whether it was really suicide or whether someone else was with Julia the night she died.

Joe wants answers.

This hauntingly tense study of grief and the supernatural is punctuated with trademark wit by Ayckbourn, an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright.

He has written more than 80 plays which have been produced in London’s West End and New York, as well as around the world.

His inspiration for Haunting Julia came from the thrilling stage adaptation of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill which was adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt.

Haunting Julia runs at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane from November 1 - 17.

A sign language and interpreted performance of Haunting Julia will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at 7.30pm and audio description is available via a headset at all performances from November 5.

To book tickets call 01708 462376 or visit

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