Ghostly thriller at the Abbey Theatre

Haunting Julia promo. Pictured are all the cast: Mark Mason, James Robb and James Gallachan.

Haunting Julia promo. Pictured are all the cast: Mark Mason, James Robb and James Gallachan.

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The Abbey Theatre Club’s latest production delves into the darker side of love and a tragic death which echoes down the years.

Their production of ‘The Haunting of Julia Lukin’ by Alan Ayckbourn opens tonight (Friday) and will remain true to the original version which will run as one continuous act to keep tension high for this gripping ghost story.

Three men meet in the Julia Lukin Music Centre built by her father to commemorate the genius of Julia who died twelve years previously. All three loved this young music prodigy, called Little Miss Mozart by the press. Her father is desperate to understand the mystery surrounding her death at the age of nineteen. To please him her former boy-friend has agreed to visit the building, the attic of which Julia lived in as a student: and the third man feels that his psychic power might help the father in his quest.

Twelve years before the play begins she died of a drink and drug overdose in her student digs at the age of 19. What went wrong? Her devoted father has turned her room into a shrine-like museum and the rest of the building into a university music centre, but he is still tormented by the mystery surrounding her death. Three different kinds of love haunted Julia Lukin – is this why she died?

As there will be no interval, guests are invited to enjoy coffee before the curtains go up.

Tickets are £7 from Visit Scotland on 01241 872609 or at www.abbeytheatre.org, and the show starts at 7.30 p.m. and runs until April 4, excluding Sunday.

The cast of ‘The Haunting Of Julia Lukin’ from left - Mark Masson, James Robb and James Gallachan.