Reports of ghostly goings on at Lancashire theatre

Chorley Little Theatre's chairman, Ian Robinson
Chorley Little Theatre's chairman, Ian Robinson

We’ve all heard of the Ghost of Christmas Past – and one historic Lancashire building has a few tales to tell.

Chorley Little Theatre opened in 1910 and is owned by Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society.

Chairman Ian Robinson said there had been reports of six ghosts.

He said one ghost was reported to have walked from the stage door and down to the back of the bar.

“The old cleaner called him the ‘shadow man’. The cleaner is convinced it’s a ghost. The cleaner says they saw it regularly walking the same way, a dark figure,” Ian said.

Ian said another man had been seen in the auditorium, wearing 1950s dress with a trilby hat, while another time a woman and child in Victorian dress went into the auditorium and when a set builder went to say hello, they had gone.

Ian continued: “On another occasion one of our directors was in here putting a show together and a woman came in and they had a conversation about her part in the play.

“The woman went away and it was only when the woman went home she found this actress who came up to her had died a week earlier.”

And there have been reports of a ghost known as Fred the technician, who has led to technicians keeping doors open because they open and shut on their own and they also hear footsteps.

Ian said: “Recently we had a guy in a wheelchair who came to visit the theatre with his family. The technicians were being introduced and the wheelchair user said ‘who’s the bloke upstairs then?’ and all the technicians were downstairs.”