Review – The Ghost Train

Brilliantly funny, the audience loved it – at The Royal Exchange

 

four stars

 

It’s a strong 4/5 for The Ghost Train. Our theatre reviewer Lorna loved it – in her view it’s definitely going to be a popular one!

 

Over to you Lorna ……

Lorna McBride

 

Ghost Train is a frightfully funny affair!

On a dark and stormy night in the 1920s a group of strangers find themselves stranded at a railway station in the middle of nowhere.

And a beastly night at the station it turns out to be too, when they find out there’s not a train until 7am the next morning.

 

Station Master Saul Hodgkin, brilliantly played by Amanda Hadingue, is in a hurry to get going himself – because come 11pm strange and supernatural things start to occur.

 

Amanda-Hadingue-as-Saul-Hodgkin-in-THE-GHOST-TRAIN-Royal-Exchange-until-20-June.-Photo-Jonathan-Keenan

 

Saul tells the group of a rail disaster that happened years before – seared into local folklore, where the stationmaster before him dropped down dead at that very station from the shock of it all, his lamp still lit in his hand.

For newlyweds Peggy and Charles Murdock it isn’t how they imagined starting their honeymoon – stranded with strangers! Strangers which include bickering couple the Winthrop’s, know it all cad about town Teddie Deakin and Mrs Bourne, the eccentric parrot-wielding spinster.

 

THE GHOST TRAIN Royal Exchange until 20 June. Photo Jonathan Keenan

 

Paranoia quickly sets in as the group quickly start to believe old Saul’s tale was true. Cue a rip-roaring night of hysterical – hysteria that will have you laughing and checking over your shoulder in equal measure.

The staging and sound is brilliantly done and Told By An Idiot theatre company certainly excelled at bringing the play to life in the round. The whole cast are strong throughout, although a special mention should go to Javier Marzan, who puts in an excellently comedic performance as the character of Mrs Bourne.

 

Calum Finlay as Teddie Deakin in THE GHOST TRAIN by Arnold Ridley - Royal Exchange Theatre until 20 June. Photo Jonathan Keenan (3)

 

Amanda Hadingue as Julia Price in THE GHOST TRAIN by Arnold Ridley Royal Exchange until 20 June. Photo Jonathan Keenan

 

And another top tit bit – Ghost Train was originally written by Arnold Ridley, aka Priavte Charles Godfrey of Dad’s Army fame.

Jump aboard and don’t miss what is set to be one of the best shows at the Royal Exchange this year!

The Ghost Train runs from 14th May – 20th June 2015. For more information and to book tickets click here.

 

Lorna x

 

Photographs: Jonathan Keenan for The Royal Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

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