Doncaster’s Downton Abbey star Thomas Howes is all set to take centre stage - in his own one-man show in his home town next month.
The actor, who shot to fame in the hit ITV period drama, is going it alone on his latest venture, treading the boards at the Little Theatre, a venue where he honed his skills as youngster.
He said: “The show will be short and sweet, jam packed with sketches, scenes and even a song.”
The production will be the first by the star’s newly formed Diamond Theatre Company and the actor will talk candidly about his life on stage and screen and working alongside some of the biggest names from the acting world.
“People want to know what it was like working with Dame Maggie Smith and whether David Tennant and Keira Knightley are friendly in real life. I’ll be answering all those questions and more,” he said.
It has been a rapid rise to the top for Thomas, aged 26, who - after Sir Ian McKellen and Daniel Evans - becomes only the third person to be granted ‘an audience with’ show at the Little Theatre.
On his rise to the top, Thomas was a member of the 2Act Theatre Company, taking part in a series of shows at the King Street theatre.
But he said: “My latest project is starting a brand new theatre company.
“After six years, 2Act has closed – and I took part in both the opening and closing productions.”
However, the company will continue under a new name - Scar Productions - and Thomas has revealed that he is also in talks with bosses at the town’s new performance venue, Cast, which is due to open later this year.
He said: “There is a lot going on at the moment in terms of my involvement with Doncaster.
“I’ve been summoned to meet the artistic director and team of the new performance venue to discuss my involvement, as well as the new theatre company.”
The ‘audience with’ show will be hosted by the Little Theatre’s Kevin Spence and will also feature guests from Thomas’ theatrical beginnings includng Mr Spence, Simon Carr and Jan Townend.
The one-and-a-half hour show, which will run without an interval, will take place on June 9 from 3pm.
All tickets are priced £10 and are available from the box office on 01302 340 422 or online.
Thomas’ life in the limelight
Footmen, football and fun with the Chuckle Brothers
Thomas trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is best known for having played the role of William, the second footman in ITV’s Downton Abbey.
He played the role of Manchester United player Mark Jones in the 2011 TV film of the Munich air disaster, United, and has also performed on stage in the roles of Dickie in The Winslow Boy and 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 played Sir Winston Churchill in an episode of the sixth season of the Canadian TV show Murdoch Mysteries.