Theatre Ghosts and Hauntings

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.


Footsteps

Location: Kilkenny (County Kilkenny) - Watergate Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: The caretaker of the theatre said in the local media that they had heard footsteps and voices in areas which were empty, and that the ghost would stand in the gantry.


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 few 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
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.


Projectionist

Location: Maynooth (County Kildare) - Aula Maxima (theatre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Thought to be a projectionist from the 1940s who fell to his death, this phantom is reputed to turn a particular chair around 180 degrees if he dislikes a production.


No Ghost

Location: Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) - Theatre
Type: Other
Date / Time: 2015
Further Comments: An attempt to start a rumour that the theatre was haunted transpired to be a publicity stunt for a production.


Fred

Location: Monmouth (Gwent) - Savoy Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The theatre is reputed to be haunted by an entity nicknamed Fred.


Organ Music

Location: Morecambe (Lancashire) - Royalty Theatre (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the demolition of this building some 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.


Oscar

Location: Motherwell (Lanarkshire) - Rex Cinema (was originally the New Century Theatre, but is no longer operational; currently a snooker club?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Though Oscar is no longer reported, during his stay here he had a reputation of scaring away usherettes who worked the late shifts.


Footsteps

Location: Newark (Nottinghamshire) - Palace Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps are said to permeate the darkness once everyone has left the theatre at night, and doors open and close as if an unseen person has passed through them.


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.


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