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Murder on the Orient Express

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, September 30 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 1 at 7pm
  • Sunday, October 2 at 2pm
  • Friday, October 7 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 8 at 7pm
  • Sunday, October 9 at 2pm 


El Campanil Theatre 
602 W. 2nd Street
Antioch, CA 94509
Agatha Christie is not the bestselling novelist in history for nothing, and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation strikes the perfect balance of the cerebral and the comic. Get on board – it’s a great ride.
– Houstonian Magazine
Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS boasts all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace!

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

A love letter to the original material, with a swift moving script adaptation by Ken Ludwig... Everything you could want – broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects.
– BroadwayWorld

I felt myself leaning in with the entire audience when detective Poirot tells us he’s figured out who did it. What a climax! When the train whistle blows in the theater, all we need to do is sit down, shut up and enjoy.
– The Houston Chronicle
The fast-moving, powerful theatrical locomotive Murder on the Orient Express will get you to a better place, and slay you merrily en route. 
– Hartford Courant


Audition Information

Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble encourages all community members to participate in Ghostlight productions. We believe that local live theatre should provide a supportive environment for creative expression for people of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Every day, we work to ensure that Ghostlight is a safe, welcoming space where all members of our cast, creative team, production crew, volunteers and audience members can learn, grow, and create.
We are proactively working towards greater diversity within the cast of our shows. This is an on-going process, and we recognize that it is our responsibility to broaden our reach to ensure that BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community members are aware of upcoming auditions, and to ensure that they feel welcome to join our productions. We are also broadening our reach to attract BIPOC directors and production team members. We know this can make a significant difference in generating greater diversity at our auditions.
Eight suspects. One thrilling ride.
It is winter in 1934. The Orient Express is travelling through Europe when just after midnight, a snowdrift stops it in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, based on

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

  • Hercule Poirot - identifies as male 
  • Monsieur Bouc - identifies as male
  • Mary Debenham - identifies as female
  • Hector MacQueen - identifies as male
  • Michel the conductor/Head Waiter - identifies as male
  • Princess Dragomiroff - identifies as female
  • Greta Ohlsson - identifies as female
  • Countess Andrenyi - identifies as female
  • Helen Hubbard - identifies as female
  • Colonel Arbuthnot - identifies as male
  • Samuel Ratchett - identifies as male
  • Head Waiter - identifies as male
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 3rd. Possible callbacks may be held on August 9th. All auditions will be held at 400 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood. Scroll down to view performance dates.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Director: Alexiel de Ravenswood

with assisted artistic vision by Jo Kiech

Alex T. Ravenswood (they/them) is a professional composer, playwright and actor. With a deep rooted love for theatre, Alex first was introduced to the world of Agatha Christie by their grandmother and is delighted to help bring this classic to the stage this season.
Jo Kiech is a professional makeup artist and illustrator. Jo holds a degree in illustration, and a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art, as well as a bachelor of sciene in game art & design from the Art Institute of California - San Francisco.
We are seeking a diverse cast for this show, and encourage and welcome people of all ethnicities and genders to audition.
Please prepare a monologue that will demonstrate your acting ability, as well as two sides for characters in the show. You may be requested to read either or both sides. ("Sides" refers to a script excerpt involving a character you are interested in portraying.) Note that there is no need to memorize the sides. For all audition information, character details, sides, and audition sign-ups, please click HERE.