Theatre Ghosts and Hauntings

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.


Senor Rino Pepi

Location: Darlington (Durham) - Civic Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre's founder, Senor Rino Pepi, is still said to sit to the left of the stage, wearing his top hat and long coat. The cries of a sobbing child (perhaps acting) have also been reported around the changing rooms.


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.


Lady in seat B14

Location: Douglas (Isle of Man) - Gaiety Theatre and Opera House
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghostly lady in seat B14 is said to have been widowed during the Great War and now quietly watches performances - the seat tends to be left empty during performances, just in case she needs to use it. Other ghosts on the site include a woman in black, a man who lurks in one of the boxes, and helpful entity who helps thespians and stage crew.


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 merely hear footsteps.


Italian Actress

Location: Dunfermline (Fife) - Alhambra theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: The figure in black which has been observed along the aisle could be an Italian actress who broke her neck in a fall during the 1920s, or a monk. The old projection room is also said to be haunted, with people reporting an uncomfortable feeling within.


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 at 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.


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.


Grey Lady

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Royal Hippodrome Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s, 2014 (grey man)
Further Comments: A phantom woman is said to haunt the stage area and has also been spotted sitting in the grand circle. A man was spotted on the fly floor during the 1990s who vanished without trace, while another witness spotted a heavy iron handle swinging itself for thirty seconds and felt something push past them with such force the witness was turned 45 degrees. In 2014, a grey man/figure was spotted in the wings.


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 watchman who killed himself.


Woman in Blue

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Observed in the upper gallery, the woman in blue's history is unknown. Phantom laughter is also said to occasionally echo around the site.


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.


Audience Laughter

Location: Exmouth (Devon) - Blackmore Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: A Saturday morning, circa 1998
Further Comments: While working alone on the site on a Saturday morning, a member of staff heard distant audience laughter emerge from the auditorium. The strange occurrence happened twice during the member of staff's time at the theatre.


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.


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 long grey coat. He has been seen several times and is often heard banging or walking around the theatre.


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