Patrick Stewart’s claim that he witnessed an apparition while performing in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will come as no surprise to the acting fraternity. We are used to seeing deathly-white individuals wringing their hands in ghastly torment – even if it’s just accountants scanning our tax returns.
The surprise is that it’s taken Stewart so long: there’s hardly a venue in the country that doesn’t have a resident ghost. Many of them are happy to appear twice nightly and provide their own costume into the bargain…
London theatres are bursting at the seams with spectres. The Lyceum reputedly boasts a severed head, occasionally glimpsed in one of the boxes. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has some of the hardest working ghosts in Equity: not only the mysterious man in grey who strolls about between 6pm and 9pm, but also the ghosts of Dan Leno, Joseph Grimaldi and King Charles complete with attendants
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