Old Vic. London

Dating from 1818 the Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lillian Baylis who managed the Theatre during her lifetime.

Dating from 1818 the Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lillian Baylis who managed the Theatre during her lifetime.

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

3 Comments on "Old Vic. London"

  1. PETER ROBERTS says:

    While appearing with Peter O’Toole in 1980 in his production of Macbeth I found on a couple of occasions that I had missed my train to Blackheath where I was living, so asked the stage doorman if I could sleep overnight in the theatre. Reluctantly he agreed but said I must not tell anyone or it could cost him his job as he had to lock me in and open up in the morning. I was appearing as Fleance and understudying Lennox. Brian Blessed was Banquo.
    I was 24 at the time and not aware of the ghostly reputation it had. Peter had taken over the office once used by Lillian Baylis and converted it to his No 1 dressing room. He had completely painted it blood red throughout. It was winter and extremely cold in the theatre as the heating had been turned off, so I wrapped myself up in Peter’s long dressinggown, (he was over 6ft tall), and decided to make my way to the main stage which was a few feet from his room. If I remember correctly, there was only the light from that dressing room illuminating a small portion of the stage and I had the opportunity to practice many of the audition speeches I had memorised from various plays and spent hours on perhaps the most famous stage ( apart from the original Globe Theatre) in the world where the reputations of Olivier, Guilgud, Guiness etc had been made. During rehearsals or performance this would have been an impossibility. The auditorium was in complete darkness and fortunately, or not with regard to the topic of ghostly encounters, I heard and saw nothing which would have been considered ghostly. Had I been aware of it’s reputation I most certainly would not asked to stay locked in, overnight, in this awesome building. I did this on many occasions and surprised the rest of the cast who presumed that I was really keen to be arriving at the theatre even before the cleaners.

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