Last night (26 September 2012), Alan Ayckbourn attended a gala performance of his play Haunting Julia, which is currently playing at the Richmond Theatre as part of a UK tour.

All photos by Francis Loney

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Andrew Hall, Alan Ayckbourn, Duncan Preston, Paul Tyrer, Tracey Childs, Richard O'Callaghan, Jamie Clark, Joe McFadden

Ayckbourn's play centres on Joe, the father of Julia - who was a musical prodigy and died aged 19. Twelve years have passed and Joe 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. He wants an answer.

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Richard O'Callaghan, Joe McFadden and Duncan Preston

Cast members Duncan Preston, Richard O'Callaghan and Joe McFadden were joined by director Andrew Hall and producers Paul Tyrer, Tracey Childs and Jamie Clark, as well as Ayckbourn.

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Matthew Kelly and Peter Davison

Also in attendance at the gala performance were actors Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Matthew Kelly, Peter Davison and Jim Carter.

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Duncan Preston and Jim Broadbent

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Paul Tyrer and Imelda Staunton

Haunting Julia Gala Performance
Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton