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  • Writer's pictureKevin White

Curtain down on The Ghost Train

A big thank you to everyone who came to see The University of Kent Players perform The Ghost Train.

The Ghost Train, a comedy thriller written in 1923 by Arnold Ridley, who is less well-known as a playwright than as Private Godfrey, the most senior member of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard. Before Dad’s Army made the catchphrase “may I be excused sir?” famous, Ridley wrote more than 30 plays, of which only The Ghost Train achieved notable success, running for 665 performances at St Martin’s theatre and being adapted for the cinema three times.

Arnold Ridley's classic drama was first produced in 1925 and filmed no less than three times. The plot revolves around a party of assorted railway travellers who find themselves stranded in the waiting room of an isolated country station in the evening. Despite the Station Master’s weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room. Soon they regret this decision as ghostly and not so ghostly apparitions materialise...

The group performed The Ghost Train on the 12th, 13th and 14th of April 2018 at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. Money was raised for the Canterbury and Coastal Stroke Association, and the total amount will be announced soon! The cast and production team had a wonderful time working on this production and can’t wait to see what play will be next.

If you came to see The Ghost Train and enjoyed the experience please leave a review on our facebook page.

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