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Walter Plinge is a pseudonym, traditionally used in London theatres when a part has not been cast, an actor is playing two parts, or an actor does not want his or her name in the programme. It has been claimed that Plinge was a real London publican, honoured by a group of actors with the borrowing of his name. However, there are no birth records of anyone with the surname Plinge in England or Wales since 1837.
A Sir Walter Plinge is also the resident ghost of Imperial College Union's Concert Hall, and is regularly thanked in programmes by the ICU Dramatic Society (DramSoc) for watching over them.
In popular culture
The name has appeared in some television game shows. Most notably, the question appeared on the game show The Chase twice, in one instance causing Bradley Walsh to laugh uncontrollably when it was read out.
In the Discworld novel Maskerade the Frank Spencer like janitor is named Walter Plinge.
- paul5114 (2012-03-28), ITV1 The Chase - Walter Plinge, retrieved 2017-02-19
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