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Adelphi Theatre London

About the Adelphi Theatre

The Adelphi Theatre is an exceptional example of Art Deco design and is situated directly on the Strand. A theatre has stood on this site since 1806 and the current Adelphi is the fourth incarnation, which opened in 1930 and was designed by architect Ernest Schaufelberg. The theatre re-opened as the Royal Adelphi Theatre with the hit musical Ever Green, written by acclaimed composer and lyricist duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The Royal was dropped from its name in 1940 and has remained the Adelphi Theatre ever since.

In 1993, the Adelphi was purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and fully restored prior to premiering the composer's hit musical Sunset Boulevard. Webber also used the theatre to premiere his musical Love Never Dies, a sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Today the Adelphi Theatre is co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's LW Theatres and Nederlander Theatres.

Over the years, the Adelphi Theatre has played host to many major new musicals and revivals, including Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Waitress, and the Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. The Adelphi is currently the home of the smash-hit musical adaptation of Back to the Future.

Plan your visit

The Adelphi Theatre's bars open 90 minutes before showtime, with the auditorium opening one hour before the show is due to begin.
There is no dress code for the theatre. Visitors should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
There is air conditioning throughout the auditorium.
Yes, there is a cloakroom at the theatre. Items can be checked in for £1 each.
There are a range of security measures used at the Adelphi Theatre. Bag checks will take place on entry to the theatre, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
The Adelphi Theatre has four bars – the Jessie Matthews Bar, the Vivian Ellis Bar, the dress circle bar and the upper circle bar. A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold, as well as snacks including crisps, nuts and ice cream.
The Adelphi Theatre is located on the Strand, which has a wide range of restaurants and pubs within a short walk. Bella Italia and Zizzi are situated directly opposite the theatre, making them popular choices with theatregoers. Alternatively head to Joe Allen (5 minute walk) to eat at a theatrical institution, both in the West End and on Broadway. Specialising in pre and post-theatre dinners, you'll be surrounded by theatrical memorabilia and enjoy the sounds of a live pianist while you dine.
The iconic Savoy Hotel is located only a short walk from the theatre if you are looking for an up-market treat. Alternatively, there are plenty of budget options in the vicinity, including the Covent Garden Travelodge, which offers affordable rooms and is only a 10-minute walk from the Adelphi Theatre.
The Adelphi Theatre first opened in 1806, however has been rebuilt multiple times. The present theatre opened on 3rd December 1930, having been designed by architect Ernest Schaufelberg in its iconic Art Deco style. During your visit, don’t miss the impressive Art Deco foyer and Dress Circle bar.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office from one hour before the performance starts. We recommend patrons arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure to bring your confirmation email and your ID.
The box office at the Adelphi Theatre is open from 10am until 7:45pm Monday to Saturday and customers are able to make in-person bookings during these periods. Collecting pre-bought tickets can be done an hour before the performance starts.
The Adelphi Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 020 3725 7060.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Adelphi Theatre is available for private hire and corporate events. The 1,400+ capacity auditorium can be booked for conferences, while its range of bars and rooms can be hired for private functions. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please contact us on 020 7379 4981 or email
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