Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre London

The Adelphi celebrated its bicentenary in 2006 and two centuries since the first building opened in 1806. It was built by entrepreneur John Scott was originally called the Sans Pareil. It has enjoyed several other names since then, including The Adelphi, Theatre Royal Adelphi and The Century Theatre.

The theatre was highly popular during the nineteenth century, particularly with stage adaptations of Charles Dickens’ ‘The Pickwick Papers’.

In the 1950s Woolworths acquired the theatre and planned to redevelop it is a shop, which thankfully never came to fruition. The theatre has been home to many extremely successful productions in its long history, including James Corden's One Man, Two Guvnors in 2011, Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat in 2007, Tallulah Bankhead in The Green Hat in 1925 and Chicago, the musical which holds the record as the longest running show at the Adelphi in 1997.

The building is Grade II listed, with beautiful art deco elements introduced in 1930 by architect Ernest Schaufelberg. The building is undergoing near-constant maintenance to improve amenities and ensure a good visitor experience.

According to local legend The Adelphi is home to the ghost of actor William Terris, who was stabbed on the way to perform at the theatre. He did in the arms of the rest of the cast, stating with his dying breath that he would return one day.

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Travel Details

You can find the Adelphi on The Strand, just south of Covent Garden market and opposite Charing Cross which is both a mainline station and a tube station. Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Holborn are all tube stations within short walking distance of the theatre.

The theatre is on main bus routes that run down the Strand, Aldwych and around Trafalgar Square.

It is within the Congestion Charge Zone (7am until 6pm). The nearest car park is the Q Park Chinatown Car Park (20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR).

Charing Cross Tube and Mainline Station (219m)
Embankment Tube (306m)
Covent Garden Tube (319m)

Adelphi Theatre
409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

Adelphi Theatre Lonodon Seating Plan

The Adelphi Theatre is situated on the famous Strand, near Trafalgar Square in the heart of London's West End and seats 1,500 audience members. There is a wide selection of seats available at all levels, all offering differing qualities of views. Please call our helpline 020 7087 2920 for further information.

Disabled access

There is wheelchair access to the Adelphi theatre. The entrance has a 15cm step, lower on one side of the entrance than the other. There are ramps available. There are 2 sets of double swings doors. There are no steps from the foyer to the stalls. The dress circle has 41 steps and the upper circle has 79. There are handrails on all staircases. The theatre doors are open 45 minutes before curtain up.

Please note:

  • There is an infra-red system with headsets for people with hearing impairment
  • Access to guide dogs are available
  • Nearest NCP car park is in Drury Lane
  • Blue Badge arrangements can be sourced through the local authority

If you have any other enquiries please contact the theatre manager on Tel: +44 (0)8444 124648.

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