Location: 409-412 Strand
Currently Showing: Waitress
Access: Covent Garden or Charing Cross
Stage Door: Maiden Lane, out of main exit, turn right twice
Ownership: LW Theatres
The Adelphi Theatre was opened by John Scott in 1806 who wanted to use it to promote his daughter’s career as an actress. The venue became licensed to perform musicals and pantomimes. The theatre became known for melodrama, particular with adaptions of Charles Dickens’ novels. The old theatre was demolished in 1858 and the New Adelphi was put in its place (a more spacious version of its predecessor) with a capacity of 2000 (including 500 standing places).
The theatre was renovated in 1987 when the Gattis bought it and numerous surrounding properties. This renovation saw the enlargement of the theatre.
The present Adelphi was opened in 1930 after being redesigned in an art deco style. It was named the Royal Adelphi Theatre and saw Ever Green (an adaption of a Noel Coward novel), Maggie May and Bless the Bride shown here.
In 1968, this theatre along with nearby theatres (Vaudeville, Lyceum, Garrick, and Duchess) was under threat from a redevelopment programme by the Greater London Council. However, Equity, Musicians’ Union and theatre owners formed the Save London Theatres Campaign and the scheme was scrapped.
In 1993, the theatre was purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group and has since been home to Sunset Boulevard, Chicago, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Bodyguard, Kinky Boots, and many others.
The Adelphi is located on The Strand which is very close to the tourist spots Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Leicester Square and Covent Garden have many bars and restaurants and are perfect for sitting outside in the summer. Piccadilly Circus is also within fifteen minutes’ walk which is also a popular tourist site and has Regent Street running off it which is an excellent shopping street.
- Salieri – The Strand, Italian, wide ranging menu
- Cucina Asellina – The Strand, Italian, expensive
- Pizza Express – The Strand, chain, vouchers available
- Zizzi – The Strand, chain, vouchers available
- Joe Allen – Exeter Street, American cuisine, special vegetarian menu
- Strada – Tavistock Street, chain, vouchers available
The premium seats offer the best view of the stage, however for those on a budget, the seats off centre still with a non-restricted view are cheaper. Also, due to the height of the stage, rows further forward are a band down from the premium seats. The ends of rows such as E and D at this theatre are cheaper as they have a slightly restricted view, however, the restriction is not too bad.
Views from rows T backwards have a restricted view from the overhang of the dress circle.
Where to buy tickets
The Adelphi is owned by the LW Theatres (formerly Really Useful Theatre Group). Buy tickets direct from them and you will pay face value for tickets. There are deals available for some shows at some times. However, buying direct is almost always the cheapest place to buy tickets.
Reviews from the Adelphi
Kinky Boots – ★★★★★ “…sensational, feel-good show, full of flamboyant sex appeal, wonderful music, slick dance routines and an amazingly talented cast.” Read more >>>
Waitress – ★★★★ “…a heart-warming tale of love, hope, and dreams” Read more >>>