The Ghost Train

by  Arnold Ridley

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 4f

A long running success in London and on Broadway and packed with thrills, chills and laughter. In Maine near the Canadian border there's a legend of a phantom locomotive sweeping through a peaceful village leaving death in its wake. Rum and narcotic runners use this and the villagers' superstition…

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The Ghost Train

by  Arnold Ridley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A long running success in London and on Broadway and packed with thrills, chills and laughter. In Maine near the Canadian border there's a legend of a phantom locomotive sweeping through a peaceful village leaving death in its wake. Rum and narcotic runners use this and the villagers' superstition to their advantage but a not as incompetent as he seems detective clears up the mystery of the specter and attendant deaths. His seemingly silly actions result in the apprehension of the evildoers and the little village and its station are finally at peace. For sheer, creeping mystery, it's a play without a peer.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: Night. In the waiting-room of the Railway Station at Clear Vale Junction, on a branch line near Rockland, Maine.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

7m, 4f
MISS BOURNE - a severe, spinster type of woman; raw-boned and angular; dark hair; dresses somewhat mannishly; about 50 years of age.
JULIA PRICE - an attractive, blonde young woman, probably in her late twenties.
ELSIE WINTHROP - a slender, dark-haired girl in her late twenties.
PEGGY MURDOCK - a slender, dark-haired girl in her early twenties.
TEDDIE DEAKIN - a silly-ass, foppish Englishman, in his mid-thirties, with a tiny moustache and slightly thin hair.
SAUL HODGKIN - a middle-aged, rather heavy-set man of about fifty years, with iron-grey hear and almost white chin whiskers, his face heavily lined.
RICHARD WINTHROP - a slender, brown-haired, well set up man of about forty; smooth face.
CHARLES MURDOCK - a well set up young man in his early twenties; smooth face, fair hair and complexion.
HERBERT PRICE - a tall, slender man of about fifty; fair, bald-headed, and with a light brown moustache.
JOHN STERLING - a well set up man of about forty; smooth face, dark, with very dark hair.
JACKSON - a stocky man of about forty; fair, brown hair, smooth face.
TWO OFFICERS - middle-aged men.
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Authors

Arnold Ridley

Arnold Ridley

THE GHOST TRAIN was first presented at The Eltinge Theatre in New York. Directed by Norman Houston.

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