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Alexandra (Birmingham)

  • Theatre ID
    461
  • Built / Converted
    1901
  • Dates of use
    • 1901: continuing
  • Current state
    Extant
  • Current use
    Theatre
  • Address
    Station Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS, England

Details

Most of Owen & Ward’s Lyceum building was demolished and rebuilt in 1935, except for the plain brick dressing room wing flanking the auditorium and stage. The entrance is now in a separate (1960s) block, some distance from the original, quite decent, black and cream faience façe, which is now somewhat drastically interfered with by a link bridge penetrating it at first floor level. The auditorium, by contrast, has been stripped of later, dismal alterations and partly restored and partly sympathetically re-invented. It can now be seen as a handsome room of its period, with rippled plaster ornament over the ante-proscenium. Two balconies. Splendid, deep-coved, enriched proscenium arch in Art Deco style. The total effect is, in some ways, reminiscent of the much smaller London Whitehall. Metal clad fly tower.


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Auditorium of the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1995
© Ian Grundy

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Main entrance of the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1995
© Ian Grundy


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Streetscape showing the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1995
© Ian Grundy

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Streetscape showing the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1979
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  • Other names
    Lyceum
  • Events
    • Owner/Management: See file for additional list information on managements
    • 1901 Use: continuing
    • 1901 Owner/Management: William Coutts, owner & manager
    • 1901 Design/Construction:
      • Owen & Ward - Architect
    • 1902 Owner/Management: Carr & Carr, lessees?
    • 1902 - 1911 Owner/Management: Lester Collingwood, owner & manager
    • 1911 - 1937 Owner/Management: Leon Salberg, owner & manager
    • 1935 Alteration: almost completely rebuilt
      • Roland Satchwell (Birmingham) and Ernest Shaufelberg - Architect
    • 1937 - 1968 Owner/Management: Derek Salberg
    • 1946 Owner/Management: T Alexandra Birmingham Ltd
    • 1967 Alteration: exterior bridge & new foyer created
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1968 Owner/Management: Birmingham Corporation
    • 1968 Owner/Management: Alexandra Theatre Co,lessees
    • 1983 Alteration: renovated
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1988 Alteration: front of house renovated
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1990 Alteration: auditorium and backstage refurbished; white cladding boards removed to expose original proscenium arch
      • Seymour Harris Partnership - Architect
    • 1992 Owner/Management: Apollo Leisure
  • Capacities
    • Original: 2000
    • Later: 1935: 1530 1946: 1550 1991: 1367
    • Current: 1347
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Rake 1:3.4 Pros flat
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: 1912 Depth: 35ft Width SL: 27ft SR: 27ft
    • Proscenium width: 1912: 28ft 6in 37ft 8in x 17ft
    • Height to grid: 53ft 4in
    • Inside proscenium: 28ft 6in
    • Orchestra pit: Enlarged, 32

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