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Drury Lane Theatre. London

Possibly the most haunted theatre in England, Drury Lane is host to numerous Thespian ghosts.

Possibly the most haunted theatre in London England, Drury Lane is host to numerous Thespian ghosts.

Drury Lane has been called one of the world’s most haunted theatres in London. The appearance of almost any one of the handful of ghosts that are said to frequent the theatre signals good luck for an actor or production. The most famous ghost is the “Man in Grey”, who appears dressed in elaborate costume with a tri-cornered hat, a powdered wig and a cloak, whilst carrying a sword, Legend says that the Man in Grey is the ghost of a knife-stabbed man whose skeletal remains were found within a walled-up side passage in 1848.

The ‘Man in Grey’ He appears to be a recordings ghost, making no sound and always walking in the same direction and through a wall. He has a habit of appearing to actors who are rehearsing their lines on the stage. Those who see the ghost believe his visitations are a good omen that a play will do well at the box office.

The ghosts of actor Charles Macklin and clown Joseph Grimaldi are supposed to haunt the theatre. Macklin appears backstage, wandering the corridor which now stands in the spot where, in 1735, he killed fellow actor Thomas Hallam in an argument over a wig (“Goddamn you for a blackguard, scrub, rascal!” he shouted, thrusting a cane into Hallam’s face and piercing his left eye). Grimaldi is reported to be a helpful apparition, purportedly guiding nervous actors skilfully about the stage on more than one occasion. The comedian Stanley Lupino claimed to have seen the ghost of Dan Leno in a dressing room.

50 Berkeley Square. London

The grand 18th century Georgian house has a fearsome reputation as one of London’s most haunted properties.

The grand 18th century Georgian house has a fearsome reputation as one of London’s most haunted properties.

“… It seems that a Something or Other, very terrible indeed, haunts or did haunt a particular room. This unnamed Raw Head and Bloody Bones, or whatever it is, has been sufficiently awful to have caused the death, in convulsions, of at least two foolhardy persons who have dared to sleep in that chamber…”
Charles Harper. Haunted Houses, published in 1907.

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Adelphi Theatre. London

London’s Adelphi hosts numerous ghosts, including the ghost of William Terriss.

London’s Adelphi hosts numerous ghosts, including the ghost of William Terriss.

Terris was a actor during life and before his death had leading roles in many of the Adelphi’s productions. Terriss was stabbed to death by the stage door in 1897. Reports of strange noises have been heard emanating from Terriss’s old dressing room. His spectre has also been seen materialising out of green light, in the theatre wearing a top hat and holding a walking stick.

Haymarket (Theatre Royal). London

The ghost of John Buckstone haunts this theatre.

The ghost of John Buckstone haunts this theatre.

Buckstone was in life Manager of the Theatre until his death in 1879. His spectre was even seen by actress Dame Margaret Rutherford in 1961.

Highgate Cemetery. London

By the start of the 20th century Highgate marked the spot that tens of thousands of people had been laid to rest in its hallowed grounds.

Dating from 1839 and a very fashionable burial place for Victorians.

By the start of the 20th century Highgate marked the spot that tens of thousands of people had been laid to rest in its hallowed grounds. Around the 1960’s Highgate Cemetery had fallen into neglect and decay. It became a dark and eerie spectacle with tree roots sprouting up and cracking elaborate graves and monuments and grim mausoleums. Continue reading →