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What You Need To Know About The Adelphi Theatre:

The Adelphi Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre famous for its stunning art deco interior. There has been a theatre on the site since 1806, but the current Adelphi Theatre opened in 1930. The art deco features you can still see today are the work of architect Ernest Schaufelberg.

Since 1930 the Adelphi Theatre has become famous for being home to some of the West End’s long-running musicals and, less frequently, acclaimed dramas. Notable successes for the theatre include Sunset Boulevard (1993), Chicago (1997), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2007) and One Man, Two Guvnors (2011). Chicago is both the longest running show to play at the Adelphi Theatre and the longest running American musical in the history of the West End.

At the time of writing, the Adelphi Theatre is home to the musical Kinky Boots, which opened in September 2015.

The Adelphi Theatre is co-owned by Really Useful Theatres and Nederlander Theatres.

Top Facts About The Adelphi Theatre:

  1. Andrew Lloyd Webber became co-owner of the Adelphi Theatre in 1993, soon after which the theatre had significant redevelopment work carried out on it.
  2. The Adelphi Theatre has two bars in the stalls named after actors Vivian Ellis and Jessie Matthews. They both found fame in front of the theatre’s crowds.
  3. Like several of London’s theatres, the Adelphi Theatre has its very own ghost. Actor William Terris was stabbed and killed in 1897 on his way into the venue. His spooky phantom has since been spotted in the theatre and in the nearby Covent Garden tube station.
  4. The building narrowly escaped being changed into a supermarket after it was sold to Woolworths in 1955.

Key Information About The Adelphi Theatre:


Tube: The nearest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) or Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines). Alternately, Embankment (District and Circle line) is less than ten minutes’ walk away, as is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly) or Temple (District and Circle lines).

Train: Charing Cross train station on The Strand is served by southeastern trains and approximately five minutes walk from The Adelphi.

Bus: Bus numbers 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176, N9, N11 and N15 all travel close to the Adelphi. To plan your journey please visit the Transport for London website.


West End parking

Q-Park car parks can be found at:

Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR

Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ

Trafalgar – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS

Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT

Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres and the Adelphi Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.

NCP car parks can be found at:

Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR

Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT

The closest car park to the theatre is: Chinatown.

For Blue Badge parking information, click here.

Accessibility info:

There is a ramp available for wheelchair users at the main entrance, and there is wheelchair access from the foyer into the stalls. The theatre has spaces for a maximum of two wheelchairs or they can store up to four wheelchairs in the cloakroom if visitors prefer to transfer to a seat. Arrangements must be booked with the access line or box office in advance.

Accessible toilets are available by the entrance to the Stalls.

Working dogs are welcome in the theatre and they can either accompany their owners into the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff. The Adelphi Theatre has space to take care of up to four dogs at a time.

The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red hearing system and headsets can be collected from the box office. There is also an induction loop in the the box office as well.

Note: There is no coverage in the Stalls from Row R to rear, Dress Circle from Row J to rear and Upper Circle from Row F to rear.

Drinks can be bought to disabled customers seated in the Stalls. The bar in the main foyer is accessible without steps.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the access line on: 020 3725 7066 or email: [email protected].

Extra: If you are looking for seats with more leg room that normal (the Adelphi Theatre is known to be slightly tight on leg room), ask to book seat numbers: A7-9, A28-30, BB10, 11, 25, 26, and C31 in the Stalls.


The Adelphi Theatre has multiple in-house bars, including the Vivien Ellis bar and the Jessie Matthews bars. They all serve a range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks, plus general bar snacks. The theatre also has kiosks selling snacks and drinks that you can purchase at the interval or before the show.

There’s limited seating in the bar areas, but they’re adequate for a quick drink and a leg-stretch during the interval. Try one of the many pubs and restaurants on The Strand or in nearby Covent Garden for a pre-theatre meal.

For more information visit the Adelphi Theatre’s website.