Has the Opera House put up ghost lights before?
My understanding is that back in the 1970s there were traditional ghost lights but we haven’t seen them for many, many years.
Where did the idea come from?
It’s an old theatre tradition. It’s something that’s been done around the world for decades, if not hundreds of years.
What are the lights meant to do?
They have two main functions. There’s a very practical reason first and foremost: The last person to leave the theatre and the first person to return can see the edge of the stage so they don’t fall into the orchestra pit.
The second is more of a romantic idea, and one I like a lot more: Every theatre has at least one ghost, and when they come out at night we don’t want them bumping into scenery or disturbing props. If we leave a light for them, they can play on stage without disturbing any of our gear.