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Alexandra TheatreBirmingham

About the Alexandra Theatre

Located in the heart of Birmingham, the Alexandra Theatre (previously the New Alexandra Theatre), was first built in 1901 and originally named the Lyceum. Opening with an unsuccessful play The Workman, the venue quickly became associated with hosting melodramas, variety shows and pantomimes. After passing through various owners, it is now managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group. Like many theatres, the venue is said to be haunted by ghosts, including that of owner Leon Salberg, who died in his office in 1938. It also hosted former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who gave a speech there in 1918 as a local MP. 

In 2018, the Alexandra Theatre was officially relaunched following a £650,000 refurbishment and now has a seating capacity of 1,347 with a plush, royal blue interior. The theatre celebrated its re-opening by hosting the first stop of that year’s Motown the Musical tour. Now fondly referred to simply as The Alex by locals, it is best-known for hosting top touring productions, entertainment and comedy from across the UK and West End.

Plan your visit

The Alexandra Theatre's bars, foyer and box office are open up to 90 minutes before a show begins.
There is a cloakroom in the lobby of the Alexandra Theatre where visitors can store small items for a fee.
Various security measures are in place at The Alexandra to ensure the safety and comfort of all theatregoers. Before a performance, you may be asked to present your bag for a security check, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time to avoid queues.
The Piano Bar on the first floor offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks. Visitors should take advantage of Happy Hour between 6pm and 7pm Sunday - Thursday for pre-show drinks in a relaxed environment. 

Please note that the Piano Bar is accessible by stairs only.

Theatregoers can also book the Ambassador Lounge when booking tickets, for bespoke pre-show and interval service including refreshments.
The Alexandra Theatre is close to the Mailbox and Brindleyplace, both great options for canalside dining from outlets such as Zizzi and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. There are lots of popular independent restaurants nearby as well; try Vietnamese Street Kitchen in the Bullring for pho and banh mi, or The Indian Streatery on Bennetts Hill for chaat and dhal.
Staying Cool at Rotunda is a well-reviewed city centre complex just eight minutes’ walk from the theatre, offering modern apartments with spectacular views. Other options close to The Alexandra include Radisson Blu Hotel on Holloway Circus, and Holiday Inn on Smallbrook Queensway.

Help booking tickets

Theatregoers can pick up pre-booked tickets from the box office up to 90 minutes before their scheduled performance begins. Please bring the card you booked with and your confirmation email, as this will help the box office team find your booking.
The box office is open 90 minutes before performances begin.
Customers can contact the box office for booking queries by calling 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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