Is the Drury Lane Theater Haunted?
Is the Drury Lane Theater Haunted? Often called the most haunted theater in the world, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has a fascinating history on top of its numerous ghost stories. Listeners voted on this one and we are excited to share what we found. Join us in exploring the almost 400-year history of Drury Lane as well as debate the many ghost sightings there. Then you decide – do ghosts haunt this theater?
Questions Explored in this Episode
When was the original Drury Lane built? What does it mean to be a Royal theater? How was the theater different than others? What caused to shut down over the years? Why did it burn down twice? Who is the Man in Gray, and does he haunt the theater? What other ghosts do people claim to see or experience? Is this theater haunted?
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History of Drury Lane
Pat explores the history of the theater. Built in 1663 as Theatre Royal in Brydges Street, this is one of the longest-running theaters in the world. It has been rebuilt several times, including after burning down twice. It is currently owned by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Rebecca and Pat debate if Drury Lane is haunted. The most famous ghost is The Man in Grey, but others include the spirits of Joseph Gremaldi, the father of clowns, Dan Leno, and Charles Macklin.
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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Arthur Lloyd: http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/DruryLane.htm
The Journal of Anomalous Science: http://thejournalofanomalousscience.com/most-haunted-drury-lane-theatre/
The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/oct/29/most-haunted-theatre-ghosts-superstitions-theatre-royal-drury-lane
Daily Motion – Paranormal Investigation Most Haunted Series 1 Episode 10 Drury Lane: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3b7x6y
Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/theatre/haunted-ghosts-west-end-theatre-a3970831.html
Icy Sedgwick: https://www.icysedgwick.com/theatre-royal/
Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nigel-planer/nigel-planer-drury-lane-ghosts_b_4426092.html
Seeks Ghosts: https://seeksghosts.blogspot.com/2014/05/drury-lane-clown-and-man-in-grey.html
Rebecca’s website that includes research and images of the theater: https://rebeccariverslitblog.wordpress.com/
Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann
“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com