The Haymarket Theatre Ghost
There are a vast amount of theatres across the UK, a fair-sized percentage are reputedly haunted. Why is this? Are these thespians so beloved of their environment they are unable to take a final bow of mortality?
Our ghost is not a thespian or an audience member like so many theatre ghosts are. The boy who haunts The Haymarket Theatre is probably Edwardian, due to his traditional sailor suit that was a staple of the fashion in that time.
The Haymarket Theatre.
The theatre in Leicester was constructed in 1973. It is a concrete building which is built within a shopping mall and a multi-storey car park. Many locals still think that the project was the day the heart was torn out of the Leicester. The theatre was closed in 2006.
During a run of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, one of the senior backstage staff supervisors had to work late after the production. The supervisor was disturbed from her work by noticing a boy moving from a props basket to the door onto the stage. With all the children involved in the play the supervisor assumed him to be member of the cast. He was then told, in no uncertain terms, that he should not be backstage and to leave. This he did by vanishing into nothing.
The ghostly child has also been known to stand at the side of the stage during performances. During a production of Oliver, the director’s upper leg was being grabbed and poked, like a child would do who is looking for attention. When he looked down nothing was there. Later whilst he was home he noticed small bruises in the same location he felt the grabbing and poking earlier that night.
Others have also felt the punches on their upper legs, not unlike a child with a tantrum trying to get attention. At times actors and stage crew have seen the child backstage. When approached he just simply vanishes.
The child spectre has also been seen in the mirrors of the dressing rooms within the theatre. Actors have reportedly seen the boy in their mirrors and when they have turned around, nothing was there.
Who is he?
There are two accounts that might explain the ghost child. One version is that a small boy fell down a deep well and drowned, the other that a lad was crushed by a wayward barrelful of beer.
Various victorian public houses and shops were demolished to make way for the The Haymarket.