Since The Alexandra’s grand reopening in mid-July, the theatre has roared back into action and welcomed audiences at full capacity for almost two months. This week, the theatre is thrilled to embark on a jam-packed series of superb musicals which will propel the Birmingham venue forward in its milestone 120th birthday year.
Just a week after almost 8,000 fans watched six incredible sold-out Riverdance performances over three days, theatregoers will once again be flocking to The Alexandra to watch the first musical the venue has hosted since its closure in March 2020.
Starting its tour right here in Birmingham, musical comedy Rock of Ages plays this weekend from 9 – 11 September, featuring more than 25 classic rock anthems and headlined by Strictly champion Kevin Clifton.
And that’s just the beginning, as audiences can expect to see a whole host of fantastic productions throughout the remainder of the year as West End smash-hits embark on their first tours, popular favourites return and new premieres are welcomed to the city.
The Alexandra’s Theatre Director Simon Creed said: “It is a huge honour and pleasure to be leading the venue in such a milestone year. We have a jam-packed season of smash-hit musicals and there is something on offer for everyone.
“An incredible amount of hard work has gone in across so many departments to bring top quality theatre back to The Alexandra in a safe environment, but this effort only pays dividends thanks to the loyal support of our customers.
“The Alexandra has been a huge part of the Birmingham and wider West Midlands community for a very long time, but the past 18 months have presented challenges never experienced before in our history. However, we have come through the other side and once again shown the longevity the theatre is renowned for.
“This is a very special 120th birthday year for us so, whether you have enjoyed many shows at The Alexandra or have yet to pay us a visit, please come along and see some great performances. You won’t be disappointed!”
The venue’s 120th year will end with the hugely popular – and much-loved by the city of Birmingham – Jersey Boys, as they work their way back to the city for a four-week Christmas run from Tuesday 7 December. The smash-hit musical has won 65 major awards and has been seen by more than 27 million people worldwide – the perfect celebration to mark the theatre’s longstanding history in the region.
Must-see, sensational musicals take to the stage week by week throughout the autumn, including premieres Heathers and Bedknobs & Broomsticks and returning favourites The Rocky Horror Show, Dirty Dancing, 9 to 5 The Musical and Chicago.
Next week, the venue comes full circle since its closure, as it welcomes back Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the cast of which were at The Alexandra and set to go on stage when the first national lockdown was imposed.
There will be fun and laughter galore for younger theatre fans when Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain take centre stage.
Derren Brown’s first brand-new theatre show in six years visits The Alexandra in late October. Whilst the content of his Showman tour remains a closely-guarded secret, what is known is that the performance will be a powerhouse treat as audiences are taken to places they’ve never been before.
The fun doesn’t stop when the curtain falls, so audiences can head to the Piano Bar to enjoy post-show events including parties after Rock of Ages, The Rocky Horror Show and 9 to 5 The Musical and Late Bar Live when Black Voices and Black Arts Forum will be curating performances on selected dates for performances of Jersey Boys and Bat Out Of Hell.
Autumn season highlights include:
Rock of Ages: 9 – 11 September, 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: 14 – 18 September, 2021
Heathers The Musical: 21 – 25 September, 2021
The Rocky Horror Show: 27 September – 2 October, 2021
The Cat and the Canary: 4 – 9 October, 2021
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage: 12 – 16 October, 2021
Gangsta Granny: 20 – 23 October, 2021
Derren Brown: Showman: 26-30 October, 2021
Grease: 2 – 6 November, 2021
Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 10 – 14 November, 2021
9 to 5 The Musical: 16 – 20 November, 2021
Death Drop: 22 – 27 November, 2021
Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain: 1 – 4 December, 2021
Jersey Boys: 7 December, 2021 – 1 January, 2022
Bat Out Of Hell: 4 – 15 January, 2022
Chicago: 24 – 29 January, 2022
School of Rock: 31 January – 5 February, 2022
Looking Good Dead: 21 – 26 February, 2022
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe: 8 – 12 March, 2022
For a full calendar of shows and events, please visit ATGTICKETS.COM/Birmingham