Ruislip Dramatic Society is back in Ickenham to perform The Ghost Train, one of the nation's favourite stage thrillers. Written in 1925 by Arnold Ridley (best known for his role as Private Godfrey in the well-loved television comedy drama, Dad's Army) this classic play has also been adapted for film no fewer than three times.

With a dramatic storyline and a wonderful array of special effects, it has become a firm favourite with audiences worldwide.

Set in a lonely railway station waiting room in Cornwall, Ridley's masterpiece begins by introducing the audience to a small group of passengers, stranded overnight and keen to escape the bleak weather outside.

A honeymoon couple, an elderly lady with her parrot cage and an outrageous dandy are among those gathered and trying to cope with the grumpy station master.

As the play progresses, local legends abound with haunting tales of a ghost train and the mysterious death of a former station master. Add to this the arrival of some sinister unexpected visitors at the station and the mystery deepens - but who knows what is really true?

It soon becomes clear that all is perhaps not as it first seems.

Ruislip Dramatic Society was established in 1924 and was recently awarded the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Pat Redhead Drama Award for its production last autumn of du Maurier's Rebecca.

The group is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to bring yet another haunting tale to life, as vice-president David Iggulden says: "The Ghost Train is a classic thriller that has been loved for years. Ruislip Dramatic Society actually performed the play in the 1930s, and we relished the opportunity to put a new spin on the production.

"The great thing about it is that, although it is a thriller, there are also many comedy moments, so it will definitely appeal to all ages and audiences."

Filled with suspense, mystery and drama, The Ghost Train really will leave you guessing right until its conclusion.

Book tickets now - if you dare to get on board - for performances at the Compass Theatre from November 19 to 22. Tickets £10 (£9 for concessions, Wednesday and Thursday only).

For further information, call the society on 01895 637 422 or 07896 311 432 or the theatre on 01895 673 200. Or see the RDS website, at