Stage Fright: The Thespian Ghosts Of London's Haunted Theatres
Drury Lane, said to be the oldest and most haunted theatre in the world, has had a playhouse on its site since 1661, with the current building dating to 1812. One of Drury Lane's spectral stars is the lavendar-scented spirit of actor Dan Leno, a famed Victorian pantomime dame, said to have worn strong perfume to cover up the stench of incontinence. Actors and stagehands have been haunted by Leno's signature aroma of lavendar, along with the 'tap-tap-tap' sound of his disembodied clogs.
Dorothea Baird as Trilby OFerrall in Trilby at The Haymarket Theatre , London , 1895 . English actress , 20 May 1875 – 24 September 1933 . S...
A familiar face! the clown Harry Payne and friend of Sambourne (18ST Image library 'Music Hall') #Victorian #London
A printed sheet of Pantomime Characters by the famous London Toy Theatre maker, Benjamin Pollock
A British shopkeeper hanging up a sign during the Blitz which reads, “Business as usual Mr. Hitler.” London, England - 1940 (Photo by George Rodger)
Amy Webster (active 1900-1908), English actress/showgirl, at about the time of her appearance as Jou-Jou during the long run of the first English production of The Merry Widow, which was produced at Daly’s Theatre, London, on 8 June 1907 and closed on 31 July 1909.