Stewart Spotted 'Ghost' in Godot

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2009 4:38 AM CDT
Sir Ian McKellen poses with Patrick Stewart before reading from "The Letters of Samuel Beckett," and discussing their roles in "Waiting for Godot" in London.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Actor Patrick Stewart reported seeing a "ghost" in the wings while performing Waiting for Godot in London, reports the Telegraph. The former Star Ship Enterprise captain was apparently not up to snuff during one scene. When co-star Ian McKelllan asked him what happened, Stewart replied: "I just saw a ghost." Stage hands believe the man he spotted, in trench coat and twill trousers, was John Baldwin Buckstone, actor-manager of the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1853.

"Patrick told us all about it," said Nigel Everett, a director of the theater. "He was stunned. I would say impressed. I think Buckstone appears when he appreciates things. We view it as a positive thing."