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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 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 (which later transferred to the Cambridge Theatre), 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 doors to the venue are opened 60 minutes before showtime. At this time the bars should be open but the auditorium may not be open straight away. The venue itself is a beautiful examples of 1930s interior design and the attractive Art Deco foyer and bars are pleasant spaces to soak up the atmosphere before a show.
There is a cloakroom located within the main foyer of the theatre. Coats and bags can be left for the duration of the performance for £1 per item. Space in the cloakroom is limited, so it is recommended that you take minimal personal belongings to the theatre.
The venue has four bars: the Jessie Matthews Bar, Vivian Ellis Bar (Stalls), the Dress Circle Bar and the Upper Circle Bar. These bars sell a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as small snacks such as crisps and ice creams. Drinks can be pre-ordered for the interval from any of the bars, so it is worth arriving with plenty of time before the performance to make sure you have a fresh drink for each act of the show!
The venue is located on the Strand and there are a wide range of restaurants within a short walk. Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is a popular choice for theatregoers due to its location directly opposite the theatre. For those wanting a more theatrical experience, Joe Allen is a classic West End staple, offering New York brasserie-style dining with theatrical artwork and posters adorning the walls.
The legendary Savoy Hotel is only a short walk down the Strand if you are looking for an upmarket treat. If you are on more of a budget, there are plenty of options nearby. The Covent Garden Travelodge offers affordable rooms and is only a 10 minute walk away.

Help Booking Tickets

The box office is open from 10am until 7:45pm Monday to Saturday and patrons are able to make in-person purchases during these periods. Collecting pre-bought tickets can be done an hour before the performance starts.
Calls regarding LW Theatres venues such as the Adelphi should be made to 0203 925 2998. The phone line is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5:30pm. Other contact options can be found at
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