The Alhambra becomes a Circus Amphitheatre

  • 16 Jan 2012
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The Alhambra could not, it seems, compete as a music hall with its brash neighbour and its can-can dancers.It had more room however, and in December 1869, the Alhambra Hall was converted into a 'Amphitheatre for Bell's Great International Cirque'. The Worcester Herald announced:
"' The Drawing Room Boxes erected on a new and convenient plan are perfectly free from draught, and for elegance and comfort are not surpassed in any Provincial Hall. A spacious Pit commands either side of the area. The old gallery is altered to an octagonal shape, giving every person a good view. A Monster Gallery erected on the south side of the building will altogether seat upwards of a thousand people. There are stables on the south side for a stud of 25 horses. Boxes 2s. 6d., 2s  and 1s. 6d. Pit and Promenade 1s. Gallery 6d. Private Boxes for Families £1  1s. There is a new entrance to the Boxes with a Cloak Room at the end of the Building near the Canal Bridge'.