The Ghost Train

by Arnold Ridley

directed by Mollie Manns

Performed at

The Mountbatten Theatre

on

7th to 11th February 1984

Arnold Ridley

Arnold Ridley was born in Bath in 1896, and has been one of Britain's most prolific, if not best known, playwrights. Indeed it would appear that he was never happy to do things singly; he wrote thirty plays, was married three times and served in both world wars, an achievement which very few men can claim. He also had the rare honour of playing two different parts in B.B.C. Radio's The Archers. Yes, Arnold Ridley not only played Doughy Hood, Ambridge's village baker, he was also the original Walter Gabriel.

He is, of course, best known as Private Godfrey the mild-mannered, former consientious objector and Home-Guard volunteer in B.B.C. Televisions Dads Army. It was this role which, no doubt, contributed to him being awarded the O.B.E. in 1981.

The Ghost Train was first performed in 1925 and, has been an almost permanent feature of British theatre. There was a brief period when the play was out of production and Ridley, somewhat short of cash, was persuaded to sell the performing rights for a "song" , or so we are told. The play enjoyed an immediate revival of popularity which has continued until this day. If true, then Ridley probably lost a small fortune as a result of that rash act.

Ridley played the part of Saul Hodgkin, in The Ghost Train, at the Garrick Theatre in 1927.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Saul Hodgking Geoffrey Wharam
Richard Winthrop David Pike
Elsie Ann Archer
Charles Murdock John Turnbull
Peggy Murdock Enid Clark
Miss Bourne Ann Dalglish
Teddie Deakin Douglas Taylor
Julia Price Lynda Edwards
Herbert Price Peter Neve
John Sterling Jim Oliver
Jackson Derek Sealy
Smith Ron Tillyer
Brown Tim Archer
For the Maskers:
Directed by Mollie Manns
Stage Manager Kenneth Spencer
Assisted by Tim Archer
Lighting Tony Lawther
Assisted by Clive Weeks
Sound Angela Barks
Set Design Kenneth Spencer
Properties Ann Brookes
Wardrobe Lillian Gunstone
Hair Styling Robert Manns
Technical Director Ron Tillyer
Business Management Graham Buchanan, Betty Riggs
Programme Design Brian Stansbridge

 

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Douglas Taylor, Mollie Manns (Director), Geoff Wharam
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