410 Strand, London WC2R 0NS
TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The nearest underground stations to the Adelphi Theatre are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines), Embankment (District and Circle lines).
Several bus routes pass close to the London Palladium. Plan your journey here on the TfL website.
If you are planning to drive into the city we recommend that you take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme – simply have your car park ticket validated at Adelphi Theatre and the 50% discount will automatically be applied when you pay at the car park pay machine. Find out more on the Q-Park website.
The £10 daily congestion charge for central London applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Although there have been various earlier entertainment buildings on the site the reconstructed Adelphi Theatre, with its art deco interiors, opened to the public in December 1930 with Jessie Matthews starring in Evergreen.
The front-of-house areas of the Adelphi Theatre were restored to their original lustre and extravagance in 1993 when Andrew Lloyd Webber became co-owner and opened his musical production ofSunset Boulevard. Other famous productions at the Adelphi Theatre include Gertrude Lawrence in Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant, Ivor Novello’s The Dancing Years, Bless the Bride, Beatrice Lillie asAuntie Mame, Van Johnson in The Music Man, Lionel Bart’s Blitz!and Maggie May, Charlie Girl with Anna Neagle, a revival of Me and My Girl originally starring Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson and in the Adelphi Theatre’s longest run (over nine years), the new Broadway production of Kander and Ebb’sChicago.
Revivals of Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat have proved enormously popular. More recently, the theatre played host to the worldwide premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Love Never Dies, the National Theatre’s record breaking One Man Two Guvnors, Chichester’s Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and the current successful stage production of The Bodyguard.
Having celebrated its bicentenary in 2006 the current Adelphi Theatre is actually the fourth venue on this site in the Strand, and in the 200 years since the first building opened on 27 November 1806 it has operated under no fewer than seven different names. The first theatre was called the The Sans Pareil, changing to the Adelphi in 1819 and the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, in 1829. A second theatre built in 1858 took the name Theatre Royal, New Adelphi, which in turn became The Royal Adelphi Theatre from 1867 onwards. In 1901 the third building, reconstructed to provide a new frontage on the Strand, opened as The Century Theatre but within a year it reverted to the Royal Adelphi. The current building is the fourth and opened in December 1930 with the same name. The Royal epithet was dropped in 1940 and the Theatre has just been The Adelphi ever since.