It also boasts a rich theatrical tradition and it would seem that at least some of those who have visited or worked behind the scenes at the Empire, Royal Court, Playhouse and others, decided not to leave. Even after their mortal coil had long been thrown off.
Here's a brief introduction to a few of the most colourful characters you may encounter...
Staying with the Empire for a moment, one of the dressing rooms was haunted by an apparition which would appear as a black shadow in the mirror opposite the doorway. The room itself had an unnaturally cold atmosphere and spooked so many people that it was eventually converted into a large wardrobe in 1998.
The famous Playhouse Theatre, which helped launch the careers of actors such as Michael Redgrave, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Anthony Hopkins, boasts a rich collection of ghostly visitors. In 1999, it underwent major refurbishment but electricians found their work hampered by mischievous spirits that would turn on taps and slam heavy doors that the workmen could barely open. They also reported a strange and scary presence in the basement. So spooked were they at one point that they downed tools and refused to carry on!
Also, if you see a classy looking lady, wearing an old fashioned grey coat and hood, moving between the stalls coffee bar and seating area, you may just have witnessed the famous Grey Lady. She may not be alone either. This is a busy place for ghosts from the early 1900s. A man, in Edwardian frock coat and top hat, is often seen pacing up and down, possibly looking for his daughter, who ran away from her well-to-do home, to join a repertory company.
Finally, we have the Everyman Theatre. A multi million pound refurbishment and renovation of this building has just been 'topped off' and it will be interesting to see if they have managed to exorcise the infamous 'Ghost that Smells of Wee'. I kid you not. This spirit leaves behind the distinctive pong of men's...well...urine actually.
The moral of this story is, when you go out for a night at the theatre in Liverpool, be careful where you sit and who you talk to. And that lady in the grey coat may not be what she seems...
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Royal Court Theatre