English

The Canterville Ghost

Level

Primary

Language

English

Venue

Teatro del Anglo

Plot

Sir Simon de Canterville is an old ghost who has lived in the Canterville Castle in England for three hundred years. He enjoys haunting around the house and scaring all the people who move into the castle. But everything changes when a new modern family from America moves in. Their way of life is very different from that of Europe. Simon gets very angry with the Otis family because they don’t respect him and do not fear him. Finally, after many attempts to scare them, Sir Simon gets tired and wants to find peace and be free, but he needs help to do so. According to a mysterious curse, Virginia Otis, who is the youngest and most sensible daughter of the family, is the only one who can help him…

But, what will Sir Simon do in order to scare the Otis family? What is this mysterious curse? Will Virginia help him to find peace and be free?

This hilarious theatrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous short story will not only make you laugh a lot but also remind you of the importance of love.

Soundtrack

Wow! Look at that stain!
Pinkerton´s fast cleaner will wipe it away.
Sweetie, you have a headache?
An aspirin or two will make you feel great!
If there is dust, use vacuum cleaner
Don´t keep used stuff, just throw it away
If you find ghosts inside your house
Simply call the ghost-busters at once
Too many people over to eat?
Please do not worry, call delivery
There is nothing you can´t achieve
In the land of modernity!

But you will surely miss antiques
No homemade food, no five o`clock tea
Skyscrapers here, skyscrapers there
No magnificent castles anywhere
Two ways of life
Two different styles
But both speak English…
There`s no doubt about that!
Two ways of life
Two different styles
But both speak English…
There`s no doubt about that!
Two ways of life
Two different styles
Two ways of life
Two different styles

What can be, but you cannot see?
What can make you chatter your teeth?
What can exist and yet not exist?
A ghost is the answer!
And that is me!

Simon de Canterville
The oldest ghost you’ll ever meet
I`ve got blue blood
And famous I am
Because they wrote my own story:
“The Ghost of Canterville”.

I love the sound of my chains
And haunting all over the place
But nobody cares
Because I don’t scare
Nobody believes in me…
But I certainly do exist!

Simon de Canterville
The oldest ghost you’ll ever meet
I’ve got blue blood
And famous I am
Because they wrote my own story:
“The Ghost of Canterville”.
“The Ghost of Canterville”.
“The Ghost of Canterville”.
“The Ghost, the ghost, the ghost, the ghost
The Ghost of Canterville”.

Emerald green blood, blue blood…
Is there any yellow blood too?
In this castle of Canterville
You may be surprised by anything
Chains that make noise
I suggest Tommany Sunshine Oil
Stains that won’t go
Pinkerton`s cleaner will wipe it off!

Well, Sir Simon de Canterville
You may be a ghost, but to live in here
You must pay rent if you want to stay
And stop making noise with those clanking chains!

Emerald green blood, blue blood…
Is there any yellow blood too?
Maybe ghosts have colourful blood
May it be purple, orange or white?
We only know there’s a ghost in here
And we’ve prepared this surprise for him
Will he be scared?
Will he get mad?
Let’s see what happens
When he discovers
What a ghost really looks like!

When a young girl cries for you
When a dead tree has fruit too
Then the house will all be still
And smile will come to Canterville.

So cry for me, sweet Virginia
Because I’m all out of tears
And love me as your friend, Virginia
Because love will overcome death.
I need to find peace
So I’ll be set free
Help me as a friend
And this curse will end.
Now cry for me, sweet Virginia
Because I’m all out of tears

When a young girl cries for you
When a dead tree has fruit too
Then the house will all be still
And smile will come to Canterville.

Young or old, alive or a ghost
what everybody needs is love.
With only a hug, a talk or a smile
You can make a change
In somebody`s life.

Now Sir Simon is finally free
And he is absolutely in peace
The curse is finished
And he is forgiven
Trees have fruit
House is still
Smile has come back
For the Ghost of Canterville

Young or old, alive or a ghost
What everybody needs is love.
With only a hug, a talk or a smile
You can make a change
In somebody`s life.

Now Sir Simon is finally free
And he is absolutely in peace
The curse is finished
And he is forgiven
Trees have fruit
House is still
Smile has come back
Has come back
For the Ghost of Canterville
You know that
Smile has come back
Has come back
For the Ghost of Canterville
That is me!