Downton Abbey star set to grace his home stage

Thomas Howes in Downton Abbey
Thomas Howes in Downton Abbey
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Doncaster’s Downton Abbey star Thomas Howes is all set to return to his home turf next week as he swaps the grandeur and glamour of bygone Britain for a spell in the stage spotlight.

Thomas, who originally hails from Woodlands, will be taking to the stage at Doncaster Little Theatre as he prepares to host the latest in a series of his own productions.

The actor, who played the role of second footman William in the smash hit ITV period drama, will be delving into the works of Charles Dickens for the show which will take place on October 12.

Entitled What The Dickens: Haunted, it will form the finale of a series of Dickens-themed productions hosted by Thomas at the venue over the last few years.

He said: “After six shows over five years, the acclaimed What the Dickens franchise is now coming to a close.

“We have reached the final Dickens Christmas story and we are closing the book on our beloved series of shows. Let’s make this a celebratory finale to the series.”

The show, at 3pm on Sunday, will feature a full cast and will explore many Dickens stories including Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Great Expectations – as well as a bone-chilling Halloween spectacular in the second act.

Thomas said : “If you’ve never seen these shows before, this is your last chance! And if you’ve been before, or even seen every single show from the beginning, why not join us for the final two What The Dickens shows I will ever perform in Doncaster.”

The Final Chapter, a Christmas special, will look at some of Dickens’ Christmas stories and will be held on November 30 with guests being given the chance to sample a free mince pie and a glass of mulled wine – and there will be a special treat, with ‘snow’ at the end of the performance.

Thomas, currently on tour in The Perfect Murder at venues around the country, broke into the world of acting after training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Success followed shortly afterwards with his role in Downton Abbey and he also played Manchester United footballer Mark Jones in the 2011 TV film about the Munich Air Disaster, entitled United.

He also has performed on the stage in the roles of Dickie in The Winslow Boy, Scripps in The History Boys and on radio in the role of Joseph Prado in Tulips in Winter. He also played the role of Little Ralf in the BBC’s ChuckleVision series The Mystery of Little-Under-Standing and Sir Winston Churchill in an episode of the sixth season of the Canadian TV show Murdoch Mysteries.

Tickets are £10. To book call 01302 340422 or visit Doncaster Little Theatre for more information.