The Theatre Royal in 1948

The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 1948
The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 1948
The Purbrook team are, left to right, Jon Harvey, Elizabeth Norris and Peter Emmett

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The tearjerker Johnny Belinda was on at the Theatre Royal when this scene was photographed.

Made in black and white in 1948, the subject matter was quite daring for its time; a young deaf mute girl is raped and gives birth. In spite of its controversial content, the film got good reviews.