When the lights go out . . .

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EVER wondered what happens after the curtains have fallen?

After all, old theatres are full of dark shadows, unexpected noises and tales of ghosts and ghouls – and the Theatre Royal is no exception.

The city centre venue is offering you the chance to explore its shadowy recesses and cold corridors after hours – assuming you’re brave enough, that is.

Ghost tours will taking place throughout this week, allowing members of the public in for tales of terror, and true-life tragedies which may yet linger on.

The theatre as you see it dates back to 1895, but earlier performance spaces stood on the site in 1867 and 1888 – until each was gutted by fire.

Whether you’re a true believer or a sceptic, the Theatre Royal may be the place which makes up your mind for good...

The tour – strictly for ages 16 and up – ties in with two spine-tingling performances this week: The Ladykillers and The Woman in Black (although anyone is welcome along on a tour, whether they have tickets for a show or not).

The first, running until Saturday, is the classic black comedy, freshly adapted by Graham Linehan of Father Ted fame and hot off a sell-out run in London’s west end.

A sweet little old lady, alone in her house, comes up against a gang of criminal misfits plotting a heist – but who will come out on top?

The second – an altogether more terrifying affair – is an adaptation of the Susan Hill novel, following a lawyer obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast over his family.

The play aims for a film noir cinematic quality, transporting viewers into a ghostly world that will make the flesh creep.

It seems to be working, as the show is on its 23rd year in the west end, and over seven million audience members have lived to tell the tale.

Whether they make out of the after-dark tour, of course, is another matter...

n Ghost tours take place on November 22-23 and 27-30, starting 15 minutes after the end of the night’s show. Meet in the foyers, and tickets are £10.

The Ladykillers runs until Saturday and The Woman in Black from Monday until December 1, 7.30pm with 2.30pm Wed and Sat mats. Tickets £10-£32. Tickets available from 0844 871 7648 or www.atgtickets.com/glasgow.