Find a show or venue

Search

Order by phone

0845 505 8500

Your independent guide to the best shows in London

ADELPHI THEATRE

409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

A SHORT HISTORY OF ADELPHI THEATRE

Founded in 1806 by father-daughter duo John and Jane Scott as the modestly named Sans Pareil 'Without Compare', the original theatre was known for melodrama, pantomime, farce and comic opera. Upon re-opening in 1819, it was named The Adelphi after the buildings opposite and these melodramas were known as the Adelphi Screamers.

Over the years there have been four buildings on the site and a few attempts to rename it, but Adelphi has always stuck by popular demand. Its current art-deco iteration dates back to 1930 since when it's hosted primarily comedy and musicals, most famously Chicago, which ran for 8 and half years from 1997.

The merry murderesses of the Kander and Ebb classic aren't the only brush with the law the theatre's seen throughout its history. In 1858 actor William Terriss was killed by a disturbed fellow actor Richard "Mad Archer" Prince as he entered the theatre through the stage door. Terriss was said to stagger through the auditorium before collapsing and dying in his mistress' arms. "Mad Archer" claimed he did it for revenge and spent the rest of his life in Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum where he went onto conduct the prison orchestra.

Please note: The term Adelphi Theatre as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Adelphi Theatre and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Adelphi Theatre and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.

What's on When

Keep up to date