In 1999, workmen were refurbishing the theatre. The contractors eventually downed tools after a series of unexplained happenings.
Electricians reported taps mysteriously being switched on by themselves, a frightening ‘presence’ in the basement, and doors slamming shut of there own accord. Continue reading →
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.
The Theatre is haunted by the ghost of a 10 year old Victorian girl.
She walks the Stalls bar area, crying late at night, and have also been seen being dragged away by a man with dark eyes. It is thought that the girl fell to her death from the circle into the stalls. The building is also haunted by the Black Phantom, who haunts the dressing rooms. This apparition was in the form of a black shape reflected in the mirror of the room. Les the Painter is another of the Theatres many ghosts.
The Theatre was constructed in 1887 on the site of an old Roman Catholic church and graveyard.
It has three ghosts, a sad, guilty looking monk, a distraught ballet dancer who is said to have hung her self in the Theatre, and the ghost of an actor who haunts the area around the stage door.
Dating from 1818 the Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lillian Baylis who managed the Theatre during her lifetime.