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The Canterville Ghost (Quilter)

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2w, 2m, 6any gender (adult), 2any gender (youth)

The Canterville Ghost (libretto)
Adapted from the original story by Oscar Wilde
Book and lyrics by Peter Quilter
Music by Charles Miller

Musical adaptation of the story by Oscar Wilde.

The Canterville Ghost (Quilter)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 2m, 6any gender (adult), 2any gender (youth)
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Details

Summary

Charming, funny and tuneful family show for all ages.

Reviews

"Great humour and tuneful music that consistently hits the spot." The Stage
"Contagious fun ... Miller has written fine, superbly rousing feel-good songs and Quilter's lyrics are pacy and crisp ... sure to raise your spirits ... a perfectly formed piece of genuine family entertainment." Time Out
"It has everything for a real family show ... a strong story, vigorous action, memorable tunes and enough charm to see it through many generations to come ... excellent." Western Gazette

History
Following a hit run on the London Fringe, the show was presented on a national tour of the UK, starring Ron Moody.
The Ghost: the dead Simon de Canterville 1525-1585
Hiram Otis: American millionaire
Lucretia Otis: Hiram's wife
Virginia Otis: their daughter; 16
Junior Otis: their son; 13
Washington Otis: Junior's twin brother; 13
Mrs Umney

M4, F3 plus Chorus. Or M2 F5 (the roles of Junior and Washington can be played by females) plus Chorus

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting

    Rooms within Canterville Chase, an old mansion house.

  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

"Great humour and tuneful music that consistently hits the spot" - The Stage

"Contagious fun ... Miller has written fine, superbly rousing feel-good songs and Quilter's lyrics are pacy and crisp ... sure to raise your spirits ... a perfectly formed piece of genuine family entertainment"           - Time Out

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  • A song from the show youtube thumbnail

    A song from the show

Music

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size Small

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Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake") and wrote the award-winning poem "Ravenna." U ...

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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End and a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award, for Best New Play and Best New Com ...

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