Written by Staff Writer at CNN
There’s nothing quite like watching “Downton Abbey” come to life on the small screen.
The all-star drama — created by Gareth Neame and Julian Fellowes — aired on PBS from 2010 to 2015. Based on the real-life English estate Eaton Hall, the show followed the lives of its many members and their ambitious and eccentric servants.
The series won 23 Primetime Emmy Awards during its six-season run, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Maggie Smith and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Fellowes.
The iconic cast reunited in January 2016 and revealed they were working on a “Downton Abbey” musical, but nothing has been heard from the production since then.
Buckingham Palace announced in July that production was on hold while the show’s big names — including Smith, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, John Noble, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, John Thomson, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Cullen, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Micky Flanagan, Penelope Wilton, David Robb, Gareth Neame, Nigel Harman, Dan Stevens, Elizabeth McGovern and Jessica Brown Findlay — work on the “Downton Abbey” musical.
Now, fans can get their very own glimpse of a future look at their favorite characters.
The official trailer of “Downton Abbey: The Musical” has been released.
The extended preview, titled “Scrapbook of Memories,” shows former “Downton Abbey” stars Smith, Dockery, McGovern, Carter, Cranston, Cranston, Emmerdale’s Natalie Anderson and Jessie Buckley on stage in London’s West End.
Conor McCarron, who plays Tom Branson in the series, also makes an appearance, surrounded by the show’s real-life musical regulars.
Kevin Doyle, who plays Branson’s late father, Francis, tells the camera that he’s “still gagging for a reunion.”
“‘Downton Abbey’ was an unbelievable experience for all of us,” Doyle said in a statement. “Everyone’s worked very hard to make this musical happen.”
We also learn that Alfred, played by Monty Python alumnus Tim McInnerny, is “still a ladies’ man.”
“It was a joy to see the fantastic cast and writers reunite at the Palace last winter. It has been absolutely fantastic working with everyone again on this new project,” producer Gareth Neame said in a statement.
“I can’t wait for people to see the final musical production together which I hope will delight and warm hearts across the country this December.”
New York will host the musical from December 19 to January 2, 2019, while “Downton Abbey: The Musical” will open at the Palace Theatre in London on December 6.