The Ghost Train

by Arnold Ridley

directed by Mollie Manns

Performed at

The Mountbatten Theatre


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


click on a photo to enlarge it

Douglas Taylor, Mollie Manns (Director), Geoff Wharam

Thank You

Your message has been sent. You should receive a confirmation email shortly. If the email does not arrive it is possible that your email address was not entered correctly, please try resubmitting your enquiry.

Shirley's own LOCAL theatre!

Maskers Theatre Company
Off Emsworth Road
SO15 3LX

Registered Charity 900067

Established 1968

 Contact Us


Our postal address is: Maskers Theatre Company, Unit 1, Off Emsworth Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 3LX

General Enquiries Form

Please use this contact form for contacting us about any issue. Use the drop-down list to ensure your enquiry gets directed to the correct person.

Any contact details provided will only be used in relation to your inquiry and will be deleted after conclusion.

 Support Us

 Join Us

Join our Email list
and receive updates
about our shows

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Are you a member of Maskers Theatre Company?

The Maskers Theatre Company will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing by email. Please confirm you would like to hear from us by ticking the box below:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.


 Update Contact Details

Other local theatre events

Some of our performance venues:
Maskers Studio Theatre
The Berry Theatre
Townhill Park House

View our Image Gallery

Access Members Site (Maskers Members only)