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The Ghost Train - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE GHOST Train, a ghostly comedy thriller, runs at the Jack Studio Theatre from Wednesday, December 12, 2012 to Saturday, January 5, 2013.

It will come tonight. I know it will.

When the emergency cord is pulled, six travellers become stranded overnight in the waiting room of a lonely railway junction. The stationmaster regales them with tales of a mystery ghost train that haunts the line and brings death to those that look upon it.

Unable to leave, the passengers must confront their fears whilst they await the arrival of the phantom midnight express.

Written by Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army), The Ghost Train is set here in the shadowy world of the 1940s and is billed as the perfect Christmas treat.

Kate Bannister directs a cast that includes Barra Collins, Evelyn Adams, Chris Bearne, David Palmstrom, Jamie Laird, Joanna Eliot, Tina Gray, Jonathan Clarkson, Louise McMenemy and Adrian Salmon.

The production is designed by David Shields and has lighting by William Ingham.

The Ghost Train, written in 1923 by actor and playwright Arnold Ridley, was inspired in part by his travels and late night stays in the waiting room of Mangotsfield Junction near Bristol. In 1925, it became a West End hit, playing at St. Martin’s Theatre and then the Garrick from November 1925 to March 1927.

The Ghost Train subsequently toured the UK, with productions also being mounted in America and Australia. As well a silent German film version, Gainsborough Films adapted it for the screen in 1941 when it starred Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch.

Tickets: £13, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 8700 887 (£1.50 booking fee for telephone sales only) or online at (no booking fees).

Time: 7.45pm.

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