Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford which hosted its first production on 3 September 1962 is reputedly haunted. The following description was published on 13 October 2014 in the Essex Chronicle within an article by Emily Talbut entitled ‘The 14 most haunted places in Essex to visit this Hallowe’en’. ‘The theatre is said to be haunted by a former technician who was killed in nearby Duke Street. Many visitors are shocked when they’re told the man who showed them around was actually the residential ghost. Startled theatre-goers have also reported seeing a spirit which takes the form of a white butterfly, but only during one show in Christmas week…’
Additionally, the following is from an Essex Chronicle article dated 5 April 2011 entitled ‘ESSEX: Vision of mum sparked book of Essex ghosts, says Jason Day’. In his book, Paranormal Essex, he recounts the tale of the Chelmsford Civic Theatre phantom, a spirit who shows audience members to their seats but, when staff are asked about their friendly helper, they look confused and say they don’t employ an usher.