The Canterville Ghost (Quilter)

by  Oscar Wilde, Peter Quilter

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f, 6m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

Musical adaptation of the story by Oscar Wilde.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f, 6m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • 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)

Additional Info

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

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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

Videos

  • A song from the show
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Rooms within Canterville Chase, an old mansion house.

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

2m, 2f, 6m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
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
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Piano/Vocal Score

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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. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chel ...

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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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Following a hit run on the London Fringe, the show was presented on a national tour of the UK, starring Ron Moody.

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