Articles About New Alexandra Theatre
Birmingham, since its rise to industrial prosperity, has a strong tradition of theatre-going. There are over 20 recorded theatres in the city, most of which are now demolished.
The New Alexandra Theatre has a fascinating, multi layered history. The Alex opened in 1901 and was originally called the Lyceum. At first it wasn’t very successful and after just a year it was sold to Lester Collingwood who changed its name to the Alexandra.
In the early years a series of tragedies are said to be linked to some ghostly sightings within the walls of the building. The first was in February 1902 when actress Gracie Housley died on stage at the Theatre.