The theatre (originally the Sans Pareil; “Without Compare”) was founded in 1806 by merchant John Scott and his daughter Jane, a performer and playwright. By 1809 they had started a theatre company together and performed over 50 works written by Jane. After Jane’s retirement in 1819, it was reopened as The Adelphi and became known as a venue for stage adapted works of Charles Dickens, including The Old Curiosity Shop and Nicholas Nickleby. The theatre was demolished and reopened as The New Adelphi in 1858, with improvements to the auditorium, and productions their helped established the reputations of John Lawrence Toole and Arthur Sullivan. In 1897, the actor William Terriss was murdered while entering the theatre and it is said his ghost haunts it to this day.
The theatre went through two more monikers (The Century in 1901, and reverting back to The Adelphi in 1904) before the present site on The Strand opened in 1930 following a full art-deco redesign and another name change (The Royal Adelphi, which would last until 1940). Thanks to the efforts of the Save London Theatres Campaign, the Adelphi managed to survive a proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden by the GLC in 1968, and continued to host acclaimed shows, such as the original London production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. The theatre was purchased and refurbished by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 1993, just before the opening of Sunset Boulevard. The Adelphi was the original home of Chicago which ran for over 8 years before transferring, making it the venue’s longest production.
A ramp is available to assist wheelchair users into entering the theatre. Specific spaces for handicapped patrons are located at the back of the stalls. Transfer seating to any stalls aisle seat is available.
Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is located by the entrance to the stalls.
Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working through most of the auditorium (NO COVERAGE in: Stalls – from Row R to rear, Dress Circle from Row J to rear and Upper Circle from Row F to rear) with both loop and conventional headsets.
Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are permitted in the auditorium and staff can dog sit by prior arrangement. Dogs will be looked after in the manager’s office. Please inform the box office at the time of booking.
Please contact the theatre directly for further information.
Made In Dagenham (9 October 2014 – 11 April 2015)
The Bodyguard (6 November 2012 – 30 August 2014)
Sweeney Todd (10 March 2012 – 22 September 2012)
One Man, Two Guvnors (21 November 2011 – 25 February 2012)
Love Never Dies (9 March 2010 – 27 August 2011)
The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas (24 September 2009 – 2 January 2010)
Derren Brown: Enigma (15 June 2009 – 23 July 2009)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (6 July 2007 – 30 May 2009)
Evita (20 June 2006 – 26 May 2007)
Chicago (19 November 1997 – 22 April 2006)
Damn Yankees (4 June 1997 – 9 August 1997)
Sunset Boulevard (12 July 1993 – April 1997)
Me and My Girl (12 February 1985 – 16 January 1993)
The Jungle Book (4 December 1984 – 12 January 1985)
Lena Horne – The Lady and Her Music (6 August 1984 – 29 September 1984)
Poppy (12 November 1983 – 4 February 1984)
Marilyn (17 March 1983 – 30 July 1983)
The American Dream Machine (20 October 1982 – 1 December 1982)
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Season (11 November 1981 – 27 February 1982)
My Fair Lady (25 October 1979 – 31 October 1981