Theatre Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Louis Philippe

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Sir Max Aitken Museum, The Prospect
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: King Louis Philippe of France stayed at The Prospect after fleeing France. His ghost occasionally appears during parties on the site.


 
 


Children

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Tree in Northwood Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Thought to be the ghosts of young boys who died of Spanish Flu in 1918, the ghosts of these lads remain in better days, playing around and climbing a large tree. The park is also said to be home to a phantom nun.


 
 


Bloody Footprints

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Trinity Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s onwards?
Further Comments: The red footprints that are said to appear along the floor of the auditorium could be those of a person who died during the Blitz. Mild poltergeist activity is also reported at the theatre.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Union Inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bearded man and a former fisherman's wife are believed to haunt this inn. Footsteps could once be heard climbing and descending the staircase each and every night, though it is unclear when this phenomenon ceased for good.


 
 


Ursula

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - Various buildings along Shooters Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Taking the form of a young, blonde haired girl in Victorian attire, this ghost has been known to move items from building to building.


 
 


Marquis of Anglesey

Location: Cowes (Isle of Wight) - West Cowe Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Marquis lived here until 1854, and is now blamed when locked doors are found open. A phantom soldier in old fashioned dress uniform also resides in a ground floor room.


 
 


Dick Condon

Location: Cromer (Norfolk) - Pier
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century / 2000s
Further Comments: An Irish impresario, Condon's shade has been reported at the Pavilion Theatre, located on the pier, while ghostly members of a lifeboat crew have been reported on the wooden boards outside.


 
 


Pekinese and Pepi

Location: Darlington (Durham) - The Civic (once the Hippodrome)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid to late twentieth century
Further Comments: The little Pekinese dog was buried within the walls of the theatre, its ghostly presence indicated by lightly padding feet moving across the floors, and soft panting. Pepi, the dog's owner and former manager, is also said to haunt the building, as are several other entities; a stage manager, a female dancer, and a hanging man.


 
 


Esmeralda

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - Shaftesbury Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghostly thespian turns the theatre lights on and off to attract attention.


 
 


Knock on Wood

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Fishamble Street Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 22:00h each evening (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The Green Room of this former theatre was haunted by phantom rapping, which always started at the same time each evening and lasted exactly fifteen minutes.


 
 


Dressing Room Rearranging

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Olympia Theatre, Dame Street
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Doors and windows have been known to rattle violently in this theatre, and once a dressing room was virtually destroyed by an unknown presence, although it is more common to hear footsteps.


 
 


Freddy Fredericks

Location: E15 (Greater London) - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The builder of the theatre, Freddy now looks after the building. He is said to walk around at midnight, a small, tubby man dressed in brown, radiating friendliness, and has been caught on camera ay least once. His initials are painted on an archway, and if removed it is said the theatre will fall.


 
 


Hall Keeper

Location: East Kilbride (Lanarkshire) - Village Theatre (was the Public Hall)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of one of the men once charged with maintaining the building still carries on with his work many years after shuffling off his mortal coil.


 
 


Brown Man

Location: Eastborne (Sussex) - Boughton theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: This brown coloured figure was once seen sitting in the empty theatre. A piano was once recorded playing a single note in the building after closing time and all the doors had been closed and locked.


 
 


Violinist

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Devonshire Park Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s and 1970s
Further Comments: This phantom player was once quite a frequent visitor to the theatre, though as of late he has become quiet.


 
 


Grimaldi the Clown

Location: EC1 (Greater London) - Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebury Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once seen sitting in one of the boxes (which no longer exist), Jo Grimaldi is still seen wearing his clown makeup, almost 200 years since his death.


 
 


The Magician

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This tall, dark stranger who lurks in the shadows is thought to be part of a magic act which perished in a fire on the site.


 
 


Albert

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Playhouse, Greenside Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in a grey great coat when seen, Albert prefers to make his presence known by creating cold spots. He is thought to have been either a stagehand who died in an accident or a night watchmen who killed himself.


 
 


Balancing Woman

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This spectral figure is seen perched high up on a lighting rig.


 
 


Pacing

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Theatre Royal, Waterloo Place (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Various people heard talking and pacing in the theatre when it stood, even though it would be devoid of human life.


 
 


Drunken Man

Location: Farnham (Surrey) - Castle Street, & Castle Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen climbing down from a phantom coach, this figure staggers across the road and enters a nearby house. The Castle Theatre that stands down this road is reportedly haunted by a suicide which plays with the lights and record player.


 
 


Nora

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A wannabe actress, Nora was laughed off stage after a disastrous audition and promptly took her own life. Her shade now proves she'll last longer on stage than any of her former contemporaries.


 
 


Hilda Knight

Location: Glossop (Derbyshire) - Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1989
Further Comments: A great theatre lover, Hilda died in 1958. However, it is widely believed her ghost remains at the building, playing with lighting rigs and sometimes manifesting in the form of a butterfly.


 
 


Pallet Pusher

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Poundstretcher, Eastgate Street (was formally the Theatre Royal)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A young woman hanged herself in this building when it was a theatre, and was said to haunt the location. In 2005, Poundstretcher's CCTV footage appeared to show a spectral figure of a Victorian woman pushing a whole pallet of goods to the ground.


 
 


May Blande

Location: Henley on Thames (Oxfordshire) - Town Hall & Kenton Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Upset when a play about her life was in production, this ghost protested by manifesting in the two buildings. May was also blamed for the destruction of mirrors and other breakables, and playing with the lights.


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