Two historic pictures today from the archives of the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.
They were unearthed by trustee Colin Bradey and a colleague who have undertaken the mammoth task of scanning and cataloguing the theatre’s archives.
It comprises posters, programmes, photographs and other material, some of it dating back to the 1880s.
Both pictures feature staff from the theatre which was then in the section of Commercial Road which has now renamed Guildhall Walk.
But they would also have worked at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, and The Prince’s Theatre, Lake Road, Landport, as they were all owned by Portsmouth Theatres Ltd at the time.
The picture on the right shows staff outside the Theatre Royal with the unmistakeable colonnade behind them.
The significance of what looks like a football in not known.
The second picture, dated August 13, 1922, captures theatre workers on ‘the staff outing to Brighton’ and was taken outside Arundel Castle.
The theatre is a grade 2* listed Victorian building and one of the few remaining Phipps/Matcham working theatres in the world.
In 1972 a fire destroyed the back of house but the beautiful auditorium was saved.
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