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Serious Bomb Damage: 3rd July 1944
At 6.30am on the morning of Monday 3rd July 1944 a flying bomb destroyed the side wall of the theatre.
Sleeping inside the theatre was an air-raid warden and his family on fire-watch duty. The bomb blew a gaping hole 60ft in diameter, damaging much of the interior and both sides of the proscenium arch. The only fatality was the warden’s mother-in-law. The extent of the damage was such that the theatre was closed for many years to come.
You can see aerial photos of the damage in this post from 2022.
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