Theatre Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Floating Charlie

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - Hull New Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: His real name unknown, this man with dark straggly hair wears a grey long coat. He has been seen several times, and is often heard banging or walking around the theatre.


 
 


Arthur Lucan

Location: Hull (Yorkshire) - Tax office built on site of the Tivoli Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Arthur died in his dressing room in the theatre. He was known for his dislike of taxes (and tax men) so it was no surprise that his ghost came back when the Inland Revenue building was placed on top of the theatre. His spirit is dressed as Old Mother Riley, a character he played in fourteen films.


 
 


The Bishop's Wife

Location: Inverness (Highland) - Eden Court Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Wife last seen 1980s, child in the early 20 century, other in 2002
Further Comments: Committing suicide on the site in the late nineteenth century, before the theatre was built, the ghostly figure has since developed a green, post mortem hue. The gardens are also haunted, by a little girl seen early in the twentieth century. More recently, an usher reported being yanked backwards by her shirt collar, even though she was alone.


 
 


Alfred

Location: Ipswich (Suffolk) - The Rep public house (former theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Frequently seen when this pub was still a theatre, a visit from Alfred was considered by the troupe to be a lucky omen. He would sit in the fourth or fifth row, silently watching performances.


 
 


Sarah Siddons

Location: Lancaster (Lancashire) - Grand Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sarah's brother managed this theatre, so she came here quite a number of times. Her grey form is sometimes seen watching the new performances.


 
 


Pianist

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - City Palace of Varieties (theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Two ghosts have made a home of this theatre - one plays the piano late at night, the other is an unknown lady who brings with her a zone of cold.


 
 


Edwardian Child

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Haymarket Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: This small boy has been seen several times dressed in a sailor's suit, normally during a rehearsal. Before the theatre was built, a child once drowned in a well on the land and the shade has been named as his.


 
 


Manageress

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Little Theatre, Dover Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre is reputedly haunted by a former manageress dressed in Second World War garb.


 
 


Nudging

Location: Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Some people have reported feeling a gentle 'nudge' while no one else is nearby. Footsteps have been heard crossing the empty stage, and shadowy figures are glimpsed briefly before vanishing.


 
 


Old Man

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Royal Philharmonic Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this shade that is sometimes seen drifting around the building.


 
 


George Bernard Shaw

Location: Malvern (Hereford & Worcester) - Festival Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The loud footsteps heard throughout the building are attributed to Shaw, though no one has seen his form.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - The Palace Theatre, Oxford Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A cleaner who died in the building, this figure has been seen drifting around in a grey mist, and seen once in the ladies toilet, sitting in a corner before vanishing.


 
 


Yellow Boots

Location: Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) - Mansfield Palace Theatre
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A young female witness reported seeing a pair of yellow boots walking themselves across the stage, stopping when the witness tried to draw attention to them.


 
 


Sarah Thorne

Location: Margate (Kent) - Theatre Royal (no longer a theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1955
Further Comments: Sarah was responsible for creating the best company ever seen here - her proud spirit once walked down the aisles and onto the stage. Another ghost, that of an actor who committed suicide, is held responsible for creating strange lights that float around.


 
 


Captain

Location: Market Harborough (Leicestershire) - Harborough Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: The theatre is haunted by the spirit of a sea captain. The ghost is also said to have haunted the hotel which once stood on the site before the theatre was construction. Though the spectre itself was not seen, a team of ghost hunters detected cold spots when they investigated the site in 2004.


 
 


Organ Music

Location: Morecambe (Lancashire) - Royalty Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the demolition of this building a number of workers reported the ghostly sounds of an organ being played. The shopping centre that has replaced the theatre may have inherited the ghost, though no one can say for certain.


 
 


Bob Crowther

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Tyne Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghost that has been felt as it pushes past people is thought to be an actor who was killed when a stage prop travelling at high velocity landed on him. He also reportedly has a favourite seat, in which he is occasionally seen.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Northampton (Northamptonshire) - Royal Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1999
Further Comments: No theatre would be complete without at least one shade, and this female entity is blamed whenever the electrics play up or props are moved.


 
 


Black Robed Priest Celebrating Mass

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Maddermarket Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Once a church, the theatre is now known for the infrequent sightings of a spectral priest, though little has been seen or heard from the spirit since the 1920's.


 
 


Edna

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Bonington Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1982 onwards
Further Comments: During the construction of the complex where the theatre stands, the skull and bones of a female were discovered. It is thought that the bones belonged to 'Edna', an active spirit who opens doors, moves items around, and can be heard walking around in parts of the building that should be empty.


 
 


Harold Norman

Location: Oldham (Lancashire) - Colosseum Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Thursdays (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Accidentally killed in a mock sword fight while acting as Macbeth, Norham sometimes returns on a Thursday (the day he died) to try to figure out what happened.


 
 


White Nun

Location: Oxford (Oxfordshire) - Oxford Playhouse
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: The psychical remains of the nunnery that once stood here manifest in the form of this white figure that floats around the building with a thin veil covering her face.


 
 


Crushed Children

Location: Paisley (Renfrewshire) - Area around the Piazzia
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the buildings in this area was once a theatre. During a performance, smoke was spotted which made the audience, mostly children, try to escape what they believed to be a fire. It turned out to be a false alarm, but unfortunately several children were crushed to death in the stampede. Their shades are now reported to lurk in the area, still dressed in old clothing.


 
 


Mary

Location: Plymouth (Devon) - Palace Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: More often 'felt' than seen, it is believed Mary died in a fire which took several lives in the late nineteenth century.


 
 


Actor

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Theatre Royal
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An actor who cut his own throat here in the 1880ís is said to remain earthbound.


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