Downton Abbey star to head cast for Dickens’ thriller The Haunting at HMT

Downton Abbey star to head cast for Dickens’ thriller The Haunting at HMT

One of the stars of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed ITV drama series Downton Abbey, David Robb, is set to star in The Haunting, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in September.

He will be joined onstage in the thrilling two-hander adaptation by Hugh Janes of Charles Dickens’ ghost stories, commemorating Dickens’ 200th birthday, by Coronation Street and Cold Blood actor James Roache, playing the young book dealer who stumbles across a dark and terrifying secret within a dark crumbling mansion.

“The Haunting is the perfect ghost story for the start of autumn and we are delighted to welcome two such familiar – and talented  –  faces to His Majesty’s Theatre” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.

Having played Dr Clarkson in the first two series of Downton Abbey – the series has been nominated for an amazing 16 Emmys this year - David will return for the show’s highly anticipated third series this autumn.

His many other TV roles have seen him star in I Claudius, The Flame Trees of Thika and Monarch of the Glen. Films include the Academy award-winning drama Young Victoria and Elizabeth – The Golden Age. David’s theatre credits include productions of Hamlet and King Lear at the Almeida Theatre.

James is the son of actor Bill Roache and has featured in TV dramas including ITV's Cold Blood and the feature Rise of the Footsoldier.

His recent work includes a 20-episode story in Coronation Street as the deceptive rogue James Cunningham, on-screen grandson of Ken Barlow, who is of course played by his real life father. James will be making his professional tour debut in The Haunting.

In the play, employed by a former associate of his uncle to catalogue an impressive library, he finds an incredible array of rare and antiquated books. But as a series of strange and unexplained events conspire to keep him from his work, he realises that if he is to convince his sceptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing are real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror, and beyond, to discover the source of the ghostly night-time visitations…

The Haunting runs at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday to Saturday, September 24 to 29 and tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 23 July

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