Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre
409-412 Strand


(3mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross the street where possible and go right (approx. 150 metres). The theatre is on your left.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Back to the Future: The Musical

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Adelphi Theatre Information

Getting There

By Car
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for the Adelphi Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.

The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.


All of the Really Useful Group Theatres have a dedicated host to assist disabled patrons. Please call 0844 412 4648 for booking information and advice.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/


The theatre has Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels, with a total of 880 seats, including box seating. The theatre has comfort cooling and has 2 Stalls bars, 1 Dress Circle bar and 1 Upper circle bar.

In The Area

Cash/ATM – there is a cashpoint right next to the theatre, at the Nationwide branch, or a couple of doors down the other side is a Santandar branch also with a cash machine – don't forget most of the London theatres only accept cash at their bars, internal facilities.

Drinks – there is a Café Nero opposite the theatre, or for something a little stronger, The Savoy Hotel is only a few minutes walk from the theatre.

Eating – there is certainly no lack of choice of where to eat, whether it is for a full meal, a snack, or takeaway. For instance, if you fancy Italian there is a Bella Italia, Zizzi and Pizza Hut within seconds of the theatre. Or maybe you are after seafood you could try Kaspar's Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy, WC2R 0EU, tel: +44 (0)20 7420 2111. Alternatively, take a stroll down towards Charing Cross Station and go down Villiers Street (next to the station), where you will find a choice of German, Japanese and Mexican cuisines.


The present building is the fourth one on this site, located on the Strand, London. Having specialised in comedy and musical theatre throughout its long history. In 1987 the theatre was listed as a Grade II building for historical preservation.

Founded in 1806 as the Sans Pareil by John Scott and his daughter Jane who was a theatre manager, performer and playwright. In October 1819 the theatre reopened under the name of Adelphi Theatre.

In the early years many Charles Dickens stories were adapted for the stage here including The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and the Old Curiosity Shop.

The present Adelphi Theatre was opened in December 1930 after undergoing a redesign in the Art Deco style by Ernest Schaufelbert. It was re-named the Royal Adelphi Theatre and the first production was the hit musical Ever Green by Hart & Rodgers, starring Jessie Matthews. During the 1940s the theatre name reverted to The Adelphi and hosted comedies and musicals such as Bless The Bride, Maggie May and A Little Night Music.

In 1968 the Adelphi Theatre, together with the nearly Vaudeville, Garrick, Lyceum and Duchess theatres were threatened by a proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden, but active campaigning to “Save London Theatres” caused the GLC to drop the scheme.

In 1993 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group bought the theatre and refurbished it completely before reopening with Sunset Boulevard. The video of Cats was filed at the theatre in 1998.

In 1997 the popular American musical Chicago opened, and subsequently became the venue's longest ever production with an 8.5 year run. Chicago was replaced in 2006 by Evita. From 2007 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened, following the BBC reality show Any Dream Will Do, from which Lee Mead was chosen to play Joseph.

When Joseph closed in 2010 the latest Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and follow up to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies opened in March.