Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London – Haunted Theatres

One famous haunting here, is of the great father of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi sitting in one of the boxes (which no longer exist).

Joseph Grimaldi, the great comic actor who led the development of English pantomime, was Sadler’s Wells’ star performer in the early years of the nineteenth century.

Tales from both Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Theatre Royal in London’s Drury Lane state that Grimaldi’s face, eerily painted in his white make-up, has been seen to appear in those theatres’ boxes. He reportedly gazes down on the stage, watching the performance over the shoulders of audience members as they sit in the dark, unaware of the apparition silently floating just behind them.

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