(Andrew Dickson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 10/29.)

Last year, actor Clive Carter had a strange nocturnal experience. He was in his dressing room at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, preparing to go on as Mr Salt in the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While he was putting the finishing touches to his costume and makeup, another actor popped in to say hello. The TV was playing quietly in the corner of the room.

Halfway through their conversation, Carter suddenly noticed the channel on the TV change. He and his colleague glanced at each other in bewilderment: neither of them was near enough to touch it. It changed again. “We started freaking out,” he says, looking genuinely perturbed.


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