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Is 'Downton Abbey: The Musical' in the pipeline?

Published 21/06/2015 | 15:55

Lady Mary played by Michelle Dockery with Baby George and Tom Branson played by Allen Leech with baby Sybbie
Lady Mary played by Michelle Dockery with Baby George and Tom Branson played by Allen Leech with baby Sybbie
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The cast of Downton Abbey (left - right) Jim Carter, Matt Barber, laura Carmichael, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Samantha Bond and Phyllis Logan arriving at the Downton Abbey Ball in aid of Centrepoint at the Savoy Hotell, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 30, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Fans aghast at the prospect of Downton Abbey ending after its upcoming sixth series can take heart in the hope that there may be a musical version of the hit ITV show.

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The series composer John Lunn has revealed that he and show creator Julian Fellowes have been collaborating on a live event incorporating acting and music.

He told US radio station Billboard that there's a "75 per cent" chance it will come to fruition.

"There’s talk of Julian Fellowes and I and some of the cast doing a live tour the way Dr. Who did; 70 per cent of it will be music from the show,” he said.

“There might be some Elgar, there might be some jazz of the periods. Some of the actors will likely recite. We’ll have a screen. We may have the music live to several scenes. Julian may be the host. I’d say it’s a 75 per cent chance it will happen.”

Some key cast have already showcased their musical abilities with Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, singing Christmas carols on the show, and Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Grantham, fronts her own band, Sadie and the Hotheads.

Downton Abbey comes to an end after the Christmas Special this year and will go out on a high, having garnered an average of 11 million viewers over the course of its run.

Fellow Downton star Hugh Bonneville previously hinted that a Downton movie may be in the offing, and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, has voiced her backing.

The show's executive producer, Gareth Neame, hinted earlier this year at the prospect of a feature film and Carmichael this month told ITV show Lorraine that she is holding out hope for a film but that she has not yet seen any sign of a movie script from creator Fellowes.

"They're talking about it. It's mad," she said.  "But we're still in the midst of filming the last series ... We'll see if Julian writes it."

However, Fellowes has previously stated that he does not want Downton to continue past its sell by date.

“The most important thing is to make sure Downton is well-formed, comes to an end at the right time and is not lured into the usual thing of trying to keep something going past its time," he said.

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