Music hall destroyed along with Guildhall in wartime blitz attack

Commercial Road, Portsmouth (now Guildhall Walk) about 1910
Commercial Road, Portsmouth (now Guildhall Walk) about 1910
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The New Theatre Royal, as we know it today, was opened on August 6, 1900.

It was designed by Frank Matcham, the most experienced architect on theatre design in the country.

The Hippodrome music hall in Commercial Road, Portsmouth (now Guildhall Walk) about 1910

The Hippodrome music hall in Commercial Road, Portsmouth (now Guildhall Walk) about 1910

The original New Theatre Royal opened on this site in 1856.

It was subjected to a number of interior and exterior alterations between 1868 and 1884.

The 1900 rebuild produced a stage which was one of the largest in the country.

It was said to be capable of taking the most elaborate scenery and with a run-in adequate for galloping horses. Allegedly.

The Hippodrome, a music hall on the opposite side of the road, opened in 1907.

It too was destroyed in the same blitz attack that put paid to the Guildhall on January 10/11, 1941.