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Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Robert Courtenedge (or Crowther - stories vary!) is said to haunt this theatre; he is given the nickname "unfortunate Bob" or "unlucky Bob"; while standing at the side of the stage, he was hit on the head and killed by a cannonball that was used to create an avalance sound effect during a show. He manifests by standing at the side of the stage watching people, and there have been stories of people being touched and pushed, or the feeling of a cold breath near their faces. In addition to sightings, there is said to be a cold spot in the area where he died and tobacco smoke has been smelt too. He has also been seen seated in a chair in a balcony; people have reported feeling uncomfortable when seated here. A "Grey Lady" is said to walk in the building, reputed to be a woman who was spurned and jumped from the balcony to her doom. However, this is a familiar story that recurs in many theatres across the country. There are also tales of actress Bessie Featherstone, who died on stage on New Year's Day 1907 during a performance of Aladdin after she had unknowingly contracted typhoid. A woman's voice and moans on stage (especially "when the theatre is dark") have been attributed to her.

Update 31/8/21: When asked if anything had happened recently, I was told via email, "Nothing particularly newsworthy, but most of our staff have had a small experience or two with 'Bob' the ghost over the last few years!"

Link: Chronicle Live

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