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Adelphi Theatre (Established 1806)



  • Existence: Established 1806
  • Usage: 1806 - 1819
  • Usage: 1901 - 1904
  • Usage: 1930 - 1940


The Adelphi is variety and musical theatre in the City of Westminster, London.

The Adelphi was established in 1806 as the Sans Pareil by John Scott and his daughter Jane, who was a theatre manager, performer and playwright. In 1819 the theatre was renamed The Adelphi and offered a mixture of melodramas, burlettas, pantomimes, musicals and comedy shows. The Adelphi has been rebuilt in four occasions. The current building opened in 1930 as the Royal Adelphi Theatre redesigned in the Art Deco style and is a Grade II listed building.

The Adelphi changed names in two occasions, in 1901 it was renamed Century Theatre and reverted to The Adelphi three years later and in 1930 it was named Royal Adelphi Theatre, until it once again reverted to The Adelphi in 1940.

The theatre is currently owned and managed by the Adelphi Theatre Company Limited, a partnership between Andrew Lloyd Webber's LW Theatres and Nederlander International.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Adelphi Theatre Programme, 1980

Reference code: 178K27.101
Scope and Contents

London. My Fair Lady, Tony Britton, Liz Robertson, Peter Bayliss, Anna Neagle and others. Contains illustrations and photographs of the acts, 28p.p.

Dates: 1980

Cyril Critchlow Collection

Reference code: NFA0089
Scope and Contents The Cyril Critchlow collection contains programmes, posters, handbills, books and magic journals, many of which relate to shows in Blackpool where Cyril resided and includes material on entertainment venues such as Blackpool’s North Pier, Central Pier, South Pier, Tower Circus and a small collection of programmes from other national venues. Additionally, it contains circus photographs and postcards mainly of the Ohmy Circus and Sanger Circus including individual circus troupes and performers...
Dates: c1837 - 2008

Programmes for Circus, Magic and Variety Shows, c1890 - 1999

Reference code: 178K27
Scope and Contents

Circus, magic and variety show programmes including the Great Ohmy Circus, John Sanger Circus, Bertram Mills Circus and variety shows at various locations in Blackpool, London, Manchester and other theatres in England. Some of the variety performers showcased are Morecambe and Wise, Hetty King, Mae West, Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey, Larry Lamb and Cliff Richards.

Dates: c1890 - 1999