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The Grey Lady, Buried Alive!
Theatre Royal, York

The structure of the Georgian Theatre Royal incorporates parts of the old Hospital of St. Leonard which, in the Middle Ages, was run by a strict order of nuns. One of these ladies, it is said, fell in love with a young nobleman and her feelings were not unrequited. Unfortunately, the lovers were discovered! - and for breaking her vow of chastity, the nun was thrown into a windowless room which was immediately bricked up to form the poor girl's living tomb!

A room behind the dress circle is still pointed out as the place where this macabre event took place. Even today it retains a cold and eerie atmosphere. The nun herself appears in faded grey on occasion. She is always peaceful and friendly and apparently heralds great success for the theatre's current production.

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