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Lyric Theatre. Northamptonshire

Constructed in 1935, the Lyric Theatre, is haunted by a mysterious phantom.

Constructed in 1935, the Lyric Theatre, is haunted by a mysterious phantom.

Rumoured to be the restless spirit of a manager who got into financial difficulties and hung himself. The ghost was described by one witness as `A white shadow which moved from one side of the foyer balcony to another and then vanished`.

Alexandra Theatre. Birmingham

Although never appearing in solid form the ghost of a former Theatre director haunts this site.

Although never appearing in solid form the ghost of a former Theatre director haunts this site.

A strange and eerie presence can be felt in the stalls, and the sound of ghostly foot steps can be heard in one office. The office is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former wardrobe master who died in the room one evening unexpectedly.

The Ghost of Grand Theatre. Lancaster

The actress performed here on several occasions during her life, along with her brother.

A Grey Lady (belived to be the ghost of Sarah Siddons) has been seen drifting across the auditorium. She has also been seen sitting quietly in the back of the stalls.

In 1782 during the reign of George III the Lancaster Grand Theatre opened its doors to the public, the theatre was built by  Joseph Austin and Charles Edward Whitlockat and it was known simply as “The Theatre, Lancaster”. Over the next 100 years or so the theatre entertained the gentry of Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

In 1884 the theatre went under several renovations and was renamed to ‘The Athenaeum’ and re opened to the public. A few years later, the theatre was badly damaged in a great fire and was subsequently rebuilt in the same year of 1908. It was decided with this second re-opening that the theatre should be renamed to its present day title Grand Theatre. Lancaster.

Apart from this rebuilding period, the Theatre has been in continuous use for 200 years and has become quite the spot for ghost hunters and those interested in the paranormal, for its been reported by several guests and visitors to the theatre that a ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen sitting in the stalls and passing in front of the auditorium. Further investigation by both the staff of the theatre and by those interested in ghost hunting report that the ghostly figure of the lady is an actress who used to walk the boards known as Sarah Siddons.

Sarah Siddons (Sister-in-Law of Charles Edward Woodlock who built the theatre) was best known for playing the part of Lady Macbeth at the theatre in 1795. The ghost of Sarah has been seen many times as well as a male spirit who has been detected by paranormal investigators and who have later found out to be a travelling actor  by the name of Harald, who stayed at the Midland Hotel around the year 1937.

With over 228 years of history the theatre is now providing guided tours of the third oldest  theatre in England. With its beautiful Edwardian style, you will have the chance to learn about the theatres long and lively history and how it has developed into what you see today, If you are lucky, you may even see the ghost!

To Arrange a booking and or for more information on the Shows on at the Grand Theatre. Lancaster please visit the official website.

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.

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.