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Patrick Stewart has ghostly sighting while on stage

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 30, 2009

Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart

Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart

To millions of his fans worldwide Patrick Stewart is best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard through seven seasons and four feature films of Star Trek or for his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men trilogy of films. Now the 69-year-old Shakespearian actor may have another distinction to talk about: seeing a ghost. And it wasn’t in a house where Stewart had his sighting, it was in one of England’s oldest and reportedly most haunted establishments: on the stage of Royal Haymarket Theater while working with his X-Men co-star Sir Ian McKellen.

Stewart and McKellen are playing the parts of Vladimir and Estragon in a new production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. During the first part of a recent showing of the play, Stewart saw something that caused him to momentarily throw his concentration. During the intermission McKellen asked him what had happened that caused his co-star to falter during the performance. It was then that Stewart said that during the first act of the play he saw a figure standing in the wings of the stage wearing what appeared to be a beige coat and twill trousers. The man simply should not have been there.

“Patrick told us all about it. He was stunned. I would not say frightened, but I would say impressed,” said Nigel Everett, one of the directors working at the Haymarket Theater.

Reports of the ghostly figure haunting the Haymarket have gone on for decades and been reported by stage hands, actors and audience members. Based on the descriptions given by other eyewitness it’s believed that the ghost is that of John Baldwin Buckstone, an actor as well as a manager who worked at the Haymarket during the mid-19th century. The ghost has been reported to walk down the hallways between actors’ dressing rooms as well as backstage, sometime wearing period costumes and other times wearing the street clothes fashionable during the 1860s.

Stewart’s sighting was related by McKellen and Everett during a documentary about the theater and its three centuries of operation.

Sources: The Telegraph, CoronaComingAttractions.com

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