The Signalman

Devonshire Park Theatre
The Signalman

Rumpus Theatre Company presents a spine-chilling play by John Goodrum based on Charles’ Dickens’ classic ghost story The Signalman.

Who is the faceless figure by the tunnel warning the haunted signalman?

In this eerie version of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian ghost story, a terrified signalman unburdens himself to the young student who chances upon his railway cutting. He tells a chilling tale of the spectre that haunts him, and the terrible disasters that follow each appearance...but what horror is the ghost trying to warn of this time? And is the young man’s visit quite so innocent as it at first appears?

"A triumph. From the mysterious opening to the dramatic close, it held the audience, both young and not so young, enthralled” (Derbyshire Times)#

“A classic and complex ghost story climaxing in a terrifying ordeal... Much enjoyed by an audience drawn from a surprisingly broad age range” (

"a marvellous re-telling of an involving horror story with excellent special lighting and effects on the line on which the trains rampage directly toward the audience, whistles, smoke, steam and darkness enveloping the set and spilling out into the house … This is the stuff of true story-telling to frighten your socks off – a terrifying terrific night out. Ditch the tellybox and make tracks to the Theatre" (Windsor Observer)

“a slow burner that builds to a roaring fire ... a gripping ghost story ... lights, smoke and whistles make you really feel a steam train is thundering past, to the point where you even see people leaning as if to let it through” (Worthing Herald)

“A clever blend of An Inspector Calls and The Woman in Black ... an evening of old-fashioned spooky fun” (Kentish Times)

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