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Darlington Hippodrome

Signor Pepi, the managing director of the theatre until he died in 1927 has been seen sitting in his box to the left of the stage, wearing a top hat and long coat. A spectral Pekinese dog has also been observed at the bottom of a spiral staircase usually by children; during extension work, the skeletal remains of a small dog were found bricked up nearby. The Stage Door has also been found locked and jangling keys heard nearby, this being blamed on the ghost of an old Stage Door keeper. Sobbing has been heard in Dressing Room 12 and a dark shadowy girl seen in the wings watching the performances. A rarely seen ghost has been heard climbing up and door ladders; he is said to be a stagehand nicknamed Jimmy. People have also reported a great weight on their shoulders, the sound of a child giggling and a flash of light among other phenomena have also occurred too.

Update 1/10/20: Andy Hutchinson-Clish, the Senior House Manager informs me, "...we are currently running ghost tours that I lead and I discuss the stories that have been passed down over the years. More currently we have has less paranormal experiences, whether that has been since the restoration of the theatre or another shift in energy. However, there has been one occurrence that we cannot explain. Just before we reopened after our closure due to Covid one of the cleaners found on one of our heritage stairs leading up to the auditorium an old three pence that has the date 1937 on, it was quite obvious in the middle of one of the steps up. The stairwell had been cleaned during the period we had been closed and we had laid social distancing stickers on the stairwell, I have checked with all of the staff who were working and no-one kept a lucky penny. Apart from that it has been some time since there has been any unusual activity, I myself have previously heard a little dog bark in the auditorium when locking up the building and in the dress circle on one occasion while again locking up the building, a dark shape was walking towards me up the centre aisle(I’ve never locked up the building so quickly!)"


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