New Alexander theatre (The Alex) is found on Suffolk Street Queensway in Birmingham city centre.

It has 1,386 seats over three levels.

The piano bar is a nice area with a live pianist playing songs from film and stage before the show and during the interval.

This area does get very busy as it’s the main bar for the whole theatre. There is a roped off area to form separate queues and generally if fully staffed the queue moves quickly.

I think it’s worth knowing that if you order and pay for your interval drinks before the show begins you get 10% discount off the total price.

Interval drinks are placed in areas away from the main bar which makes collection of the welcome Gin & Tonic straight forward. There are also supplies of ice and plastic glasses within easy reach of the drink collection point.

The lady’s toilets in the stalls are very busy, unfortunately there are only three to serve the whole 600 plus seats allocated in this area.

They are clean, but hand soap is not always in supply.

For the production of Strangers on a train we sat in the stall seats on the end on row AA. We had a great view from these seats and could see the whole stage clearly.

We visit the Alex regularly and find it to be a comfortable clean theatre with easy access to local transport links and car parking facilities.