PREVIEW: Downton Abbey

If you were a fan of the British television series Downton Abbey, which aired on PBS as part of Masterpiece Classic, you won’t want to miss the new film featuring the formidable residence and its inhabitants.

The film, which is set in 1927, is centered around a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. It will mark the return of the many popular characters, including the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), and the Countess of Grantham (Cora McGovern). Downstairs characters will also make their return to the screen, including cook Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), housekeeper Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), and lady’s maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt).

The film is set to be released in the United States on September 20, but the Michigan Theater is also hosting a special sneak peek screening at 7 pm on September 12! Tickets for the movie (both for sneak peek screening or showings after the release date) may be purchased at the Michigan Theater or online at


JM is a dual degree student in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the College of Engineering. Some of her favorite things include running, reading, all things creative, and the color purple.

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