LocationThe Adelphi Theatre couldn't be better situated for enjoying London’s tourist hotspots, located as it is on the famous Strand near the bank of the River Thames. There are several other theatres located along this stretch of road, making it an interesting place to have a stroll and observe what is currently going on in Theatreland. It is never sedate or dull, and its position near to other famous landmarks such as Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus means that you can easily preface your theatre experience with a trip to some of London's most famous museums, galleries and monuments, such as the National Gallery and Nelson's Column. It is also very close to Covent Garden, which offers an array of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes as well as many shops and a market. The area is also home to the National Opera House and the London Transport Museum and is one of the capital's most popular spots for live performance artists.
Getting thereBy Tube: The most convenient station for the Adelphi Theatre is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line, which is just 400m from the theatre's entrance.By bus: Numbers 6, 9, 11,13, 15, 23, 77A and 176 all stop close to the theatre.
By taxi or car: If you are being dropped off at the theatre by taxi the main entrance is off the Strand. Alternatively, there is a National Car Park on nearby Drury Lane. There are also single yellow lines and parking meters on Maiden Lane, which is just behind the theatre.
SeatingThe Adelphi Theatre, whilst not the largest of London's theatres, has a fairly impressive capacity currently standing at almost 1500 seats. This means that there is a wide selection of different views and ticket prices available, with the two generally being interlinked - if you are prepared to sacrifice getting the best view possible there are some fantastic deals to be taken advantage of!
There are only three different tiers to the Adelphi, known as the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The Stalls is the section of seats nearest to the stage, as you can see in the seating plan to the right. Whilst this is not the area to be looking in if you are working with a limited budget, it is definitely the place where you will find the best views of the stage in the theatre. Depending on the show and the people you are going with, it might be worth splashing out on seats in the Stalls if you really want to be able to enjoy the action, and although tickets are normally quite expensive (and especially so in the front of the section) there are often still special offers for certain performances that can bring the price down to the same as some of the traditionally less coveted seats.
The second level of the theatre is called the Dress Circle, and there is a case to be made for this being one of the most balanced seating options in the Adelphi. Although these are not the cheapest tickets in the theatre and the front few rows are likely to be a similar price to the Stalls, these seats can offer a fantastic panorama of the stage and if you are torn between this and a Stalls seat, you may actually find that this is your best bet.
The highest area of the Adelphi is the Upper Circle, which is normally where you will find bargain ticket prices. This can be especially beneficial if you manage to get seats in the first few rows at the front of the section, as views here can often be comparable to those in the Dress Circle for a much cheaper price; however, the further back you go the less you will be able to see of the stage. Nonetheless, this can be a great option if you are simply looking for an affordable lot of tickets.
AccessibilityThe Adelphi Theatre consists of 3 levels: the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The main foyer can be reached by one 15cm step, and a ramp is also available. There are no steps from the foyer to the Stalls, whereas there are 41 steps up to the Dress Circle and 79 steps up to the Upper Circle. The Adelphi does not have any lifts. Discounts and concessions are available for both disabled patrons and their carers on selected performances.
There are two spaces for wheelchair users towards the back of the Stalls, although the view may be slightly restricted. However, transfer seating is available to any seat in the Stalls area, and up to 4 wheelchairs per performance can be stored in the cloakroom. There is an accessible toilet in the foyer next to the entrance to the Stalls. There are several bars in the theatre including the Vivien Ellis, which has a step-free entrance and is on the level of the Stalls. Alternatively, drinks can be brought to patrons in their seats.
The Adelphi is fitted with an infra-red system with headsets, which are limited in number and can be collected from the Box Office. There is also an induction loop at the Box Office. Guests should note that there is no coverage in the Stalls between row R and the rear, in the Dress Circle from row J to the rear and in the Upper Circle from row F to the rear. Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium, or alternatively up to 4 dogs can be looked after by theatre staff during a performance.Access bookings telephone line +44 (0) 20 7087 7966 or access booking form
HistoryCo-owned by Nederlander Theatres and Andrew Lloyd Webber's LW Theatres, the Adelphi Theatre resides on The Strand, one of London's most famous streets. Home to multiple popular musicals across recent decades, the building is Grade II-listed, and is the fourth to exist on the site within 125 years. Designed in the familiar Art Deco style of the 1930's, the theatre's many incarnations date back to 1806, when it was originally founded under the name of Sans Pareil by John Scott.
In its early years, the theatre was renowned for producing melodramas, with long-running series The Adelphi Screamers. The Adelphi has also housed some of the early stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' work, including The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. Following this, the theatre transitioned to exclusively hosting larger musicals, with recent years including revivals of favourites such as Chicago, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, as well as the poorly-received The Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies.
Notably, Chicago enjoyed a successful 8-year run at the Adelphi, and the theatre was also used as the location for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1998 video version of Cats. Recent productions have also included National Theatre transfer of One Man, Two Guvnors, Sweeney Todd, starring Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, The Bodyguard and new musical Made in Dagenham. Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots played to packed-out audiences from 2015 until early 2019. Broadway musical Waitress opened in February 2019 and continues to play to a packed house.
- Kinky Boots, opened 21 Aug 2015, closed 12 Jan 2019
- Whose Line is it Anyway? Live, opened 20 Jun 2015, closed 05 Jul 2015
- Made in Dagenham, opened 09 Oct 2014, closed 11 Apr 2015
- The Bodyguard, opened 06 Nov 2012, closed 29 Aug 2014
- Sweeney Todd, opened 10 Mar 2012, closed 22 Sep 2012
- One Man, Two Guvnors, opened 08 Nov 2011, closed 25 Feb 2012