Scarborough-based playwright Alan Ayckbourn adapts and records Haunting Julia as audio ghost story to broadcast for Christmas

Scarborough-based Alan Ayckbourn is adapting his play Haunting Julia to be broadcast at Christmas.

By Sue Wilkinson
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 12:09 pm
Alan Ayckbourn plans to adapt and record his play Haunting Julia
Alan Ayckbourn plans to adapt and record his play Haunting Julia

The 81-year-old playwright released his audio-play Anno Domino earlier this year and which was heard by audiences around the world.

He starred in the play - about a crumbling marriage - with his wife Heather Stoney.

Ayckbourn will also record his one-man version of Haunting Julia - his 1994 play about Julia Lukin, a 19-year-old brilliant musician who committed suicide and haunts the three men closest to her, through both the supernatural and in their memories.

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Ayckbourn was due to premiere his latest play Truth WIll Out and revive Just Between Ourselves at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough earlier this year but the theatre closed due to the coronavirus.

The theatre has now reopened and has a full film programme for September and its live programme includes a set from comedian Daniel Kitson; the world premiere of the new play by john Godber; Maureen Lipman and My Perfect Summer a more-than-rehearsed reading, but not quite full production, of a play by Nick Lane.

Flanagan Collective/Goggledigook Theatre will present Orpheus and Eurydice in November.

Nick has written a one-person version of The Snow Queen for Polly Lister. It will run from December 4 to 30.

The audio version of Haunting Julia is planned to be available from the Stephen Joseph Theatre website throughout December.

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