The Ghost Train – Some background

July 8, 2014 Comments off

Get Haunted At The Playhouse

Following their highly successful show CHICAGO earlier this year, the Highlands Theatre Group are proud to present their second offering for 2014, the William Arnold Ridley play, The Ghost Train.

Although this play is billed as a mystery thriller, it starts off on a very light note with lots of laughs and seamlessly transitions from comedy to thriller, which is no surprise given that the writer – (William) Arnold Ridley is better known for his performance as Private Charles Godfrey in the British sitcom – Dad’s Army. Assistant Director Steve Clancy adds that there is a very strong comedic vein throughout the whole show – straight out comedy, awkward laughs at a characters expense and eventually black comedy which adds to the roller coaster ride that underpins a good thriller.

To enjoy this play about passengers stranded overnight in a haunted railway station …… no doubt on a cold Southern Highlands night that sets the tone, visit the Highlands Theatre Group website and click on the yellow BOOK button or alternatively, visit or call Tourism Southern Highlands at Mittagong on 1300 657 559.

Dates are July 18, 19, 25, 26, Aug 1 and 2 at 8pm and July 20 and 27 at 2pm at the Mittagong Playhouse on the corner of Old Hume Highway and Bowral Road, Mittagong. Tickets range from $18 on opening night to $22 – booking fees apply.

Hope to see you there!

Performance Dates for Ghost Train

June 30, 2014 Comments off

Ghost Train will be performed at the Mittagong Playhouse on the following dates:

Friday 18th July at 8pm

Saturday 19th July at 8pm

Sunday 20th July Matinee at 2pm

Friday 25th July at 8pm

Saturday 26th July at 8pm

Sunday 27th July Matinee at 2pm

Friday 1st August at 8pm

Saturday 2nd August at 8pm.

Bookings are now open – see “bookings”page

Tickets Now Available for The Ghost Train…Don’t Miss The Ride.

June 25, 2014 Comments off

Ghost Train Website picture

The Ghost Train

By Arnold Ridley

Directed By Ebony Hope

” They do say that to look upon the ghost train do mean death.”

A long running success in London and on Broadway and packed with thrills, chills and laughter.  A not as incompetent as he seems young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station. Despite the pyschic stationmaster’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 materialize. For sheer, creeping mystery, it’s a play without a peer

See Bookings for Prices and how to book.


Ghost Train Cast & in Rehearsal

June 14, 2014 Comments off

The Ghost Train
Following the huge success of Chicago, the Highlands Theatre Group have held auditions for their next production and are now hard at work rehearsing for their July/August play – The Ghost Train. Congratulations go to those successful auditionees below:

Samuel Mills as Teddy Deakin
Alan Dunk as Richard Winthrop
Tyler Cross as Charles Murdock
Pat Powell as Saul Hodgkin
Nelson Geer as John Sterling
Jim Cheesley as Herbert Price
Kathryn Whitelaw as Miss Bourne
Kate Davidson as Elsie Winthrop
Emma Llewelyn as Peggy Murdock
Tiana Hope as Julia Price

Continuing the tradition of providing patrons with quality entertainment and a variety of genres, this next production, written by William Arnold Ridley, (better known as Private Charles Godfrey from the British sitcom – Dad’s Army) is more in the vein of an Agatha Christie play, notwithstanding a side serving of laughs. This play also offers up a treat for the senses with a very full sound effects menu, immersing the audience in the eerie night-time setting of an empty haunted railway station.
Tickets go on sale soon so stay tuned for the updates but make sure to keep a spot in your diary free for The Ghost Train, opening July 18th and running until August 2nd.
Looking Forward To Seeing You Then

The Ghost Train Heads to The Southern Highlands

May 16, 2014 Comments off




ghost train lantern


By Arnold Ridley


Following the success of CHICAGO,

the Highlands Theatre Group is holding auditions for

the Arnold Ridley play

The Ghost Train

To be performed July & Aug 2014.

Roles for 7-8 men & 4 women, ages 20 – 60’s

Information Night: Mon May 19 at 7:30pm

Auditions: Sun May 25 at 1:30pm

Both at The Bowral Baptist Church

Merrigang Street, Bowral

(Opposite the fire station)

For info contact Director Ebony Hope on 0411 464 833 /

To help behind the scenes, phone Nicole on 4861 4759




The Ghost Train is a theatre mystery thriller and a great play to put on in the middle of winter!  It follows a small group of diverse travellers stranded at a remote railway station on a howling stormy night.  When the station master warns of death to anyone who sets eyes on the ghostly train that haunts the line the news is received with mixed responses and what unfolds is classic edge-of-your-seat suspense!


Chicago goes out with a bang!

May 16, 2014 Comments off

“Who says that murder’s not an art?”

Over the 3 weekends that Chicago was staged the buzz surrounding this sizzling musical grew and grew to culminate in a near full house  on the final night. Audiences cheered, clapped, laughed and sang their way through 8 fabulous shows. The extremely talented cast, band and crew wowed the Southern Highlands with performances full of energy, precision and enthusiasm, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind of the level of talent in the cast. A sensational show all round.

We no turn our attention to the mid year play Arnold Ridley’s ‘The Ghost Train’.

Last Chance to See Chicago!! Don’t Miss Out!!

April 12, 2014 Comments off

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By Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander

Directed By Barbara Handley

“……a story of murder, greed, corruption violation, exploitation, adultery and treachery – all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.”

Set in the roaring 20′s at a time when America was experiencing a spate of murders by women against their husbands and lovers, this sizzling musical follows two femme fatales – Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly – as they struggle to turn a murder charge into the kind of publicity money can’t buy!

This is your last chance to see this fabulous show. The cast is tremendous, the band is fabulous, the costumes and sets a treat! It’s an all round feast for your eyes and ears and just plain fun. You’ll be singing the songs long after it’s over. Don’t miss out!

See Bookings for Prices and how to book.


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