Haunted theatres

Actors are a superstitious and imaginative bunch, so it’s not really surprising there are so many stories of ghosts sightings in theatres. Some theatre folk even think it’s good luck to have a resident ghoul.

The Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London supposedly has several spooks: the floating head of a decapitated clown, a pantomime dame who manifests as a smell of lavender, and a ‘man in grey’, who often appears on the opening nights of successful shows, and disappears into a room where a body was once found!

Haymarket’s Theatre Royal has a ghost actor that can be heard rehearsing his lines (witnessed by Dame Judi Dench, among others).

The pic above is the most recent, and possibly freakiest appearance of all, though. The Dominion theatre was built on the site of a brewery disaster that claimed many lives in 1914. Here’s closer view – he’s looking at you… Continue reading

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This will make you look away

Christian Bale in the Prestige. There’s only one way he can do that trick… isn’t there?

Has a friend ever told you they’ve seen someone who looked just like you? It’s not that hard to find people who look similar (and it can be quite useful in certain magic tricks as you can imagine!) but there’s a slightly more creepy kind of ‘doppelganger’. Legend has it there are ghost-like beings that take on the form of their victims, and whose appearances are a bad omen.

The internet is full of spooky doppelganger stories (the story of Emilie Sagée will give you goosebumps) and a few famous people are said to have had visits from mysterious doubles.

Abraham Lincoln supposedly saw a vision in the mirror of his face reflected twice, one paler than the other – his wife thought this meant he would be re-elected, but die in his second term, as indeed he did. The poet Shelley saw a vision of himself pointing to the sea shortly before drowning in it, and writer Guy de Maupassant’s double helpfully dictated his work for him. After Queen Elizabeth I saw her dying double in her deathbed, she soon followed suit.

What do you think? Is it just electrical stimulation of the brain, a glimpse into a parallel universe, a side-effect of too much absinthe… or are there things out there we can’t explain?