The Adelphi Theatre is a famous theatre on London’s West End and has been standing tall for almost a century. Interestingly enough, the history of the modern day Adelphi Theatre stretches back all the way to 1806. Since then, four theatres were constructed on this site, with the current one being the last. The first of the lot was the ‘Sans Pareil’, which operated till 1819, when it was sold and renamed ‘The Adelphi Theatre’. In 1829, after a few structural changes, this theatre came to be known as ‘Theatre Royal Adelphi’. Not long after, in 1858, a second theatre was constructed under the name ‘Theatre Royal, New Adelphi’. A third building was constructed in 1901, to provide a new frontage, and this became ‘The Royal Adelphi’. The current Adelphi Theatre was unveiled in 1930 under the name ‘The Royal Adelphi Theatre’. The epithet ‘Royal’ was removed in 1940 and since then it has come to be known as simply The Adelphi Theatre.
This theatre is well built for showcasing comedies and musicals and has been host to some of West End’s most loved productions. Some of the notable shows that have played here include ‘They Way of an Eagle’, ‘Magnolia Street’, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Me and My Girl’, and ‘Chicago’. Currently the theatre plays host to 'Waitress' the musical.
Address: Strand, London WC2R 0NS, UK
Seating Capacity: 1498
Dress Circle: 433
Upper Circle: 405
Seating Chart: Check out the Adelphi Theatre London Seating Plan here.
Now Playing At The Adelphi Theatre
A massive hit on Broadway, Waitress is based on the 2007 movie of the same name. Currenly in its third year at Broadway, the musical has garnered mutliple Tony Award nominations. Waitress makes its way to West End this season with an all-female creative team. Women empowerment is an underlying theme in the musical and the show wonderfully portrays the bond between the lead characters. Expect nothing short of brilliance when the musical premieres at West End.
Jenna, an expert pie-maker, dreams of a life beyond the diner where she works at. She is also unhappy about the abusive relationship that she's in with her husband Earl. A drunken night leads to Jenna getting pregnant. When she starts seeing Dr. Jim Pomatter (the stand-in for her usual doctor) at multiple instances, she feels like opening up to him about her failed marriage.
Jenna loses her job at the diner since the news of her pregnancy spread faster than she'd expected it to. This is when she comes across a baking competition taking place at a nearby county with a huge reward. Watch the show to know if Jenna's life gets an overall makeover.
Wheelchair users can access the theatre's Stalls level directly through the foyer - there are no steps. There are two spaces for wheelchair users at the rear of the section, however, transfer seating is available to any of the Stalls' aisle seats. Please note that a maximum of four wheelchairs can be stored in the Cloakroom.
Assistive Listening System: The theatre has an Infrared system in the theatre. Please note that headsets are available on a first come first served basis, and can be found in the Cloakroom. There is NO coverage in Stalls rows R-X, Dress Circle rows J-O, and Upper Circle rows F-O.
Bar: The theatre has four bars. All bars serve wine, champagne, beer, tea and coffee.
Cloakroom: A cloakroom is available at the venue. Large items can be checked in for £1 each.
Guide Dogs: Adelphi Theatre allows guide dogs in the theatre. In case you deem the sound too loud, the theatre staff is happy to look after your guide dog. Please note that the theatre can dog sit only four dogs at a time.
Toilets: There are male and female toilets present at each level of the theatre. An adapted toilet is near the entrance of the Stalls.
- Make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible. The earlier you reserve your seats, higher the chances of you getting good seats at a decent price.
- Ensure that you come on time for your show. Most West End shows do not entertain latecomers and the few that do, expect you to be as quiet as a mouse as you try to find your seats. Better to save yourself and others the trouble and be there at least 10-15 minutes before the show.
- Snacks can be brought into the auditorium but please note that hot food will not be allowed inside.
- The theatre is air conditioned, so be sure to carry a ligth sweater in case it gets chilly.
- Adelphi Theatre has a strict no glass policy, so all drinks will have to be transferred to plastic cups before you enter the auditorium.
Tube: The nearest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line), Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines) and Embankment (District and Circle Lines).
Bus: 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, and 176.
Rail: The nearest station is Charing Cross.
Restaurants near Adelphi Theatre London
1. Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack: Serving up some delicious American fare and barbecue, this place makes for a perfect pre-theatre destination for meat lovers.
2. Byron Strand: Fancy a quick burger? Then this is the place for you. Byron is famous for its gourmet burgers made from Scottish beef.
3. Milk Train: For all you dessert lovers, Milk Train is a famous London eatery, offering great cotton candy and ice cream.
4. Zizzi: This wonderful Italian joint well known for its pizza and pasta.
5. Lokhandwala: Located just a bit away from the theatre, this restaurant serves up some mouth-watering Indian food.
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