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Andrew Lloyd Webber forced to call in priest after ghost kept hiding his theatre scripts-Tori Brazier-Entertainment – Metro

The Phantom of Belgravia made its presence known…

Andrew Lloyd Webber forced to call in priest after ghost kept hiding his theatre scripts-Tori Brazier-Entertainment – Metro

Andrew Lloyd Webber had a troublesome ghost at home (Picture: Getty)

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he once called on a priest to help remove a poltergeist from his London home.

The acclaimed composer, whose hit musicals include The Phantom Of The Opera, believed the spirit had taken up residence in a 19th-century property he owned in Belgravia.

Lord Lloyd Webber claimed that the poltergeist would move theatre scripts and place them in neat piles in odd places.

Discussing whether any of his theatres were haunted, Lloyd Webber said he had never seen a ghost but had witnessed some unusual activity in his former central London home.

So more the Phantom of Belgravia than the Opera…

‘I did have a house in Eaton Square which had a poltergeist,’ he told The Telegraph.

The composer and theatre owner revealed he’d had to call in a priest to help (Picture: Getty)

‘It would do things like take theatre scripts and put them in a neat pile in some obscure room.’

The 75-year-old did decide to take action in the end, asking for some holy help.

‘In the end we had to get a priest to come and bless it, and it left,’ the theatre star added.

A poltergeist is described as a spirit or force which is supposed to manifest its presence by making noise or moving objects around in a house.

One of his most famous works is The Phantom of the Opera, which ran for decades on Broadway and in London’s West End (Picture: Getty)

The theatre impresario created the music for The Phantom of the Opera, which first opened on the West End in 1986. Alongside that of Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and his most recent musical, Cinderella.

However, the phantom in the production and the source novel by Gaston Leroux refers to a disfigured musical genius who haunts the Paris Opera House rather than a spirit.

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Although Lloyd Webber hasn’t seen a ghost in any of his theatres, frequent collaborator Sir Cameron Mackinstosh told the publication that he had ‘felt a presence’ on the stage before the opening night of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Dury Lane in 1989.

The theatre manager said it was the building’s resident ghost, the Man in Grey, with London’s Dury Lane purported to be the world’s most haunted theatre.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has a reputation as the most haunted theatre in the world (Picture: Getty)

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart has also reportedly claimed he saw a figure on stage at the Haymarket Theatre in London while he was performing with Sir Ian McKellen during their 2009 production of Waiting for Godot.

He said: ‘(The spectre) was wearing a belted Norfolk jacket.

‘I think he had a shirt – a rather old-fashioned check shirt with a tie underneath.’

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