A new dinner and ghost hunt at the Palace Theatre in Manchester is set to thrill spook-seekers with a unique opportunity to explore the venue after dark for the very first time.
Offering a chance to discover what happens when the theatre spotlights go out and the spirits are summoned, the first event is set for November and has already sold out.
Additional dates have now been announced for December and February following a high level of interest in visiting the landmark building at night.
Steeped in history since its grand opening in 1891, the Palace Theatre is one of the city’s oldest buildings and it’s no surprise to hear that many ghostly stories have circulated amongst staff, artists and visitors to the building over the years.
One such sighting reported in the 1980’s was a ‘haunting manifestation’ of a former cleaner who has been sighted drifting around the building in a grey mist, often seen in the ladies toilets only to suddenly vanish into thin air.
The theatre’s grand tier is also said to be haunted by a spirit carrying a pint of beer which was intended for her partner, the Musical Director. She went to see him at every interval, but tragedy struck on one occasion and she was tragically killed outside the venue.
Sarah Bleasdale, General Manager at the Palace Theatre and Opera House comments: “This is a rare opportunity to explore this vast historic building at night and experience the often spooky atmosphere that only a building of this magnitude and history can create.
“We’ve heard lots of quite frankly spine-chilling stories from staff members about ghost sightings and unnerving experiences over the years, so we’re very excited to hear some of the new tales that may transpire from the evening.”
Sarah added: “Interest in this event so far has been phenomenal and now with two additional dates available, we’re delighted to extend this unique experience to even more ghost hunters!”
The Dinner and Ghost Hunt event will offer an opportunity to enjoy dinner and drinks in the relaxed yet stylish Oxford Street Bistro from 8pm, before guests are taken on a tour by an experienced guide to find out what spirits await! Finishing at 2am, there will be ample opportunity to discover the hidden depths of the fascinating building.
Tickets for both events are priced £49.00 including a two-course dinner and a drink.
For tickets, visit www.atgtickets.com/manchester