I love visiting theatres in Birmingham for #BrumHour’s Blog and don’t get to do it nearly as much as I like, but its great to be able to support venues through social media. So here’s two stories from October via Fiona and Matthew from the new Alexandra Theatre
Coffee, Cake and Cadenzas launched at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre
Coffee, cake and live music is taking centre stage at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre, as the venue launches a brand new weekly event.
Every Friday from 11am to 3pm the theatre will host a Coffee, Cake and Cadenzas morning, where anyone can pop in to enjoy a cuppa and enjoy some live entertainment.
Students from the Birmingham Conservatoire will be performing weekly in the Piano Bar, with coffee and cake available for sale.
Lisa Mart, General Manager of the New Alexandra Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to launch this brand new event where customers can listen to quality music whilst enjoying a cuppa in the beautiful surroundings of our Piano Bar.”
The launch of the new event follows the success of a recent Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Piano Bar, where £310 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Research.
A specially created Little Shop Of Horrors cake was raffled off for charity in the event, where staff from the venue also baked and donated cakes. Cast from Little Shop of Horrors including X-Factor star Rhydian Roberts, also made an appearance on the day.
New management team is now at the helm of The New Alexandra Theatre
Lisa Mart is now General Manager at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, along with Becky Charles who takes the position of Deputy General Manager.
Lisa joined Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), who operate the New Alexandra Theatre, in 2012, formerly working as Front of House Manager and then Deputy General Manager of the New Wimbledon Theatre.
She latterly moved to the New Alexandra Theatre as Deputy General Manager in November 2015. Lisa’s theatre career began in her University years, where she combined study with a role as Box Office Manager for the St George’s Square Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe and as a Duty Manager and Visitor Services Assistant at Mercat Tours, based on the Royal Mile.
She also worked as Contact Centre Supervisor for the Royal Collection based at Buckingham Palace, where she was lucky enough to meet the Queen in person.
Becky joined the New Alexandra Theatre nine years ago as Front of House Assistant, then progressing to Administrator and Assistant General Manager.
During Becky’s time in the venue she has also led the summer youth project – Stage Experience. This year stepping up to role of Producer for the production of Grease, the most successful project since it began 14 years ago.
Both Becky and Lisa have also gained places on the ATG Leadership Development programme, Rising Stars.
Lisa Mart said: “I am hugely excited to be taking the role as General Manager at the New Alexandra Theatre, and to continuing ATG’s commitment to bringing World Class Theatre to Birmingham.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of the country’s second city, and our aim is to bring the venue back in to the community.
“A theatre has stood on this site since 1901 and so we have always been a part of the lives of the people of Birmingham – we are enthusiastic about varying our offer to ensure we have something for everyone, whether it be Ghost Tours, Cocktail Masterclasses, Coffee Mornings or of course our wide range of quality theatre.”
She added: “We want all of Birmingham to feel welcome and catered for in our venue.”
This isn’t a sponsored post however, the New Alexandra Theatre invites #BrumHour to review theatre shows on their lovely stage on a regular basis.