When I first went to the Alexander Theatre everyone was cross dressing, whipping each other, people dressed as gimps and an insane amount of glitter.
I'll leave you to guess what I was seeing there.
The venue it's self is known to hosting quite big shows, and even though it's the smallest in scale of out the Birmingham Theatre gang it's surprising how much actually goes on there.
The inside is what you expect, with three levels of seats, which with its own price tag; but I was sitting pretty far back and was crammed in a corner and still got a great view of the stage.
The stage was a good size and you could see a live band playing the score In a window above where all the action was going on. A great set up.
There's places to buy your drinks, but the prices are high in price. Have a few before you get here and save your cash, you'll need it for the merchandise in the foyer.
Perhaps unfairly dismissed as the 'ugly sister' to the city's premier league Hippodrome and the more visible REP, the Arcadian is a little off the beaten track and its exterior perhaps not as inviting. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't feature an appealing schedule - and, due to attracting music acts and comedians as well as theatrical shows, it probably offers a broader appeal.
Inside, the theatre is a pleasing proposition with three tiers offering a choice of perspectives, although the downward slope of each means you won't have to peer behind someone's head to get a good view. The space itself is a decent size, not too cavernous but not tiny either; I've never actually attended a show here, but watching Laura Marling play was a night that felt widescreen but intimate at the same time.
Can't wait to catch Simon Amstell here in a week's time! Whenever you do your next big browse through the listings, remember to check out the Alexandra - you might miss a great night.
Alexandra Theatre offers a fabulous mix of big name musicals, stand-up comedy and other general showbiz razzmatazz.
The programme is always a bit brash and refreshingly unpretentious - you get Psychic Sally listed next to the English National Ballet and Legally Blonde the Musical.
I caught Legally Blonde their last year and had an absolute blast - the production was clearly big budget and the performances were up there with the West End version.
The theatre itself is a lovely space to be in, with tiered seating and fancy chandeliers. Legroom is a bit sparse when you are up in the gods, but you still get a good view.
There are a couple of bars for pre-show and interval drinks. You'll find show merchandise stands and an ice cream and sweets stall in the lobby.
I have visited the alex theatre many times and have performed on stage for a week aswell. the theatre itself is very oddly shaped and u have to go through the bar to get to the stage area unless you go through the back door and therefore bypass the box office and bar.
The shows are always top class and they often have many famous actors on board.
Although the shows I have seen at the Alex have always been good, I have to say that the whole place is in need of a major refurb. The Hippodrome really puts the Alex's interior to shame! The auditorium itself is quite dark and dated. The seats are uncomfortable and crammedmy knees are always pressed up against the back of the row in front, so how taller people cope I have no idea!?
The main entrance faces onto the busy Smallbrook Queesway, but you then have to go up a staircase and over a bridge link to the main auditorium. Wheelchair/disabled access and provision seems cumbersome because of all these level changes, but the staff seem helpful and accommodating.
Still, all these issues aside, the theatre is centrally located and attracts some impressively big productions. It also needs all the support it can get, so do pay it a visit, just don't expect the comfort of the REP or Hippodrome!
The first time i went with my brother and sister and even though we enjoyed the act it would of been so much better if there was leg room. All our legs were in pain and i kept been kicked by person behind me how was also trying to find position to be slightly comfortable. In the end both times i had to move the chair at slight angle so at least i was not cramped. Luckily second time i went it was a concert so for about 45 mins i could stand up but we had wait for 30 mins for act to come one so my legs ached again. Hopefully i won't have to go again any time soon unless im at the end of row so can stretch my legs or by some miracle they add more space between seats
Lovely spacious theatre with ample seating.
Good shows and good variety.
Staff are always friendly and helpful and assist in any way they can.
There is nothing I like better than getting a bit dolled up and going to the theatre and seeing a great show. I have done this a few ties this year and as I am in Birmingham for most of my week I usually check what is on around the theatres here. The main theatre by me is the Alexandra because it is central in town and right next to all of the public transport links. I am going to tell you all in this review exactly what this theatre is like and why I think it is a great place to go to see all your theatrical things (when there is something decent on of course).
The Alexandra Theatre:
Birmingham has quite a few places where you can see theatre, plays and live music. The Alexandra is one of the smaller theatres and specifies not just in theatre but you will often find comedians, musical nights out and then also some of the biggest names in television can stop by. Of course it is purely just luck what you do get to see but it is usually things that are touring around the UK at the moment so we have just had Chicago and in a couple of weeks we have puppetry of the Penis and also Russell Brand.
Where to go:
So you are in Birmingham and you have no idea where the Alexandra is. It is quite hard to find so here is the address;
You can also go to ents24.com where you will be able to find information about what is on and also you can buy tickets.
One thing I can say about this theatre is that it does have the perfect location. It is located on the Queensway road which is very busy but it is easy to get to and easy to cross over everywhere where you are. It is conveniently a two minute walk away from the city centre so you can go for something nice to eat before or after the show or something to drink and you are in close distance to get there in time. It is also very close to the Mailbox which is a lovely and lively place to go at any point in the day.
Public transport is rife in the city centre and the Alexandra theatre is a five minute walk away from New Street train station and then just a few minutes from all of the bus routes. The metro and Snow Hill station is about a twenty minute walk so everything is pretty close and you should not have any problem with catching them as even the later shows will still let you out in time to make your journey home.
At first it seemed like I would get lost finding the theatre but when you know where it is you cannot get lost. Everything is signposted everywhere and although it seems like it is well out of the city centre it really isn't.
From outside the theatre does not actually look much. It is a square building with 'Alexandra Theatre in huge bold pale letters at the top. It is a dark building apart from the posters (which are huge) of whatever is playing there at the moment and sometimes it will show you forthcoming events. It does not look a big building from the outside and it is situated on a main road so I cannot say it looks great from the outside, it is when you get inside that you feel a bit better about the place.
The Entrance Area;
When you walk into the theatre the first thing I think is how small it all is. You can see stairs to your left which lead you up to the seating and then you will see in front of you and sort of to your right you will see the bar area where you can go and get some pre-performance drinks. The decoration is very red and bold and exactly the type of thing you expect to see in a theatre. You will also see as you walk in the door a small desk which is where you can buy tickets from if you prefer not to do it online. There is also a small desk which is where you can get information from.
When you are actually viewing a performance you will see that on your left by the stairs there will be a desk which sells programmes and then your usual memorabilia to do with the show such as key rings and T-shirts.
So you have actually found your way here and now you are ready to view the performance. After you have had somebody check your tickets you will make your way to the actual theatre. When you get to the theatre I think you may be shocked at how small it is as I know I certainly was. After being to huge rooms this one has a sort of cosy feel to it. The seats are small and not that comfortable but as they are slightly staggered in a slope I have never had any problems seeing the stage. There are hundreds of seats and you have the stalls and the circle so similar to any other theatre.
The stage is not that big but if you look around you will see that there are no poles or anything like that so you should have no problem viewing the stage. I hate it when you get to some theatres and seats have restricted viewing but here I couldn't see anything that would cause a problem. Now I have sat at the front and at the back of this theatre and because it is quiet small you get a good view from
Not as posh or large as the Hippodrome but still a really nice venue. As a disabled person, I've always found the staff really helpful and there is a seperate disabled entrance down the side which saves all the faff of the front entrance.
There is normally a good programme of events going on - normally for one night only . Worth a visit
I recently paid my first visit to the Alexander to go and see Abba Mania, I had a terrific night and judging by the crowd so did everyone else! The theatre is quite central so it's easy accessible by both bus, taxi and probably train too. The theatre is very well kept, the staff are all very smart and from my personal experience helpful, there are a couple of bars in the theatre as well as a shop where you can buy merchandise for the show. I found the whole experience great fun, it was comfortable, well produced and planned and easy to find your way around, the only thing I would say is don't wait for the interval to visit the ladies, there are queues half way down the stairs!
Located in the city center, this theatre always puts on a number of quality plays and concerts especially stand up comedians. Normally, you'll get artists or plays touring the country. Compared to the majority of theatres, this one is relatively cheap. On other hand, tickets tend to get sold out easily, so the best way to get hold of tickets is by buying them from usual ticket agents.
Has a lovely old fashioned feel to it and ticket prices are very reasonable.
They could do with more toilets as they get very busy in the intervals and I found the bar prices quite expensive.
On the night that i went about a month ago, i found they turned the air conditioning on full blast when the play started and it was rather frosty throughout. Even the play writer/star of the show commented on this to the audience at the end.
The actual comedy play i went to see though was hilarious so this more than made up for it.
The Alexandra Theatre is located in Birmingham City centre. It is one of the top touring theatres in the country. The theatre features a wide range of entertainment from West End musicals, dramas and comedies to one night concerts.
anne bolyen 21 mar good production some times the audio was a bit poor but good story and players were good loved cromwell sooo evil yay
this place is very old fashioned in its feel but some of the shows they have had over the years has been of the highest standard. The air conditing is always on super cold during the summer and the heating is at boiling point during the winter. Also the toilets could be cleaned more often. But it all comes down to the excellent production they have throughout the year.
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