Closest tube: Covent Garden and Charing Cross/Embankment
Hotels: Strand Palace, The Savoy, Royal Horseguards, Radisson Leicester Square
Editors Comments: "If you are looking for a London hotel close to the Adelphi Theatre then you will be spoilt for choice. This is a fantastic area to stay in as you can access many London attractions on foot including the London Eye just across the river. There are some great restaurants just to the north in the Covent Garden Piazza frequented by locals and tourists. For something special check out one of my favourite eateries, Terroirs at 5 William IV Street - noisy but nice!"
In the area: Royal Society for the Arts; Shell Mex House; The Savoy Hotel; Covent Garden; Coutts; Charing Cross Hotel; Coliseum Theatre; Vaudeville Theatre; Charing Cross; Trafalgar Square
ABOUT THE ADELPHI THEATRE
Home to many long-running comedies and musical, the Adelphi Theatre is one of the West Ends most celebrated and successful theatres. Sitting on the Strand, the theatre is one of the most convenient and popular theatres in the West End.
The current building is the fourth theatre to have stood on the site. The first was the Sans Pareil, opened in 1806. It changed its name to the Adelphi in 1819. When it first opened, the theatre was known mainly for its melodramas, which were known as Adelphi Screamers. In 1834 the first stage adaptation of a Charles Dickens story, The Christening, was performed at the theatre, and it was renowned for its adaptations of Dickens through the middle of the nineteenth century. The present building, with its Art Deco styling was opened in 1930, and it well-known for its long-running musical productions. The theatre is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webbers Really Useful Group, and was the original London home for the musical Chicago which ran there from 1997 to 2006.
Getting to the Adelphi is remarkably easy, as it is within an easy walk of many of Londons major stations, including Charing Cross and Waterloo. You are also very close to many tube stations, including Covent Garden, Temple, Embankment, and Leicester Square. If you wish to drive to the theatre, then there is an NCP car park on Drury Lane, but this is quite an expensive option. You can expect to pay around £20 - £30 for a four-hour stay in the car park. There are also parking meters on Maiden Lane, behind the theatre. Any of the buses that stop on the Strand will take you within moments of the theatre.
The theatre itself holds 1500 people, and often plays host to revivals of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, or, indeed, to their initial West End runs. In 2011, the theatre ran Love Never Dies, Lloyd Webbers sequel to Phantom Of The Opera. In recent years it has also seen revivals of Evita and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, as well as events like Brian Wilsons last ever performance of the Pet Sounds album.
Unashamedly populist and enduringly popular, the Adelphi is a good place to look for mainstream musicals, all held within a Grade II listed Art Deco-style property. The adjacent restaurant, built as The Adelphi Restaurant in 1886 is also Grade II listed, and still has its original frontage.
If you want to visit the performers at the stage door, you will have to go around to Maiden Lane. The Maiden Lane entrance was used by the actor William Terriss, who was stabbed to death whilst passing through it, during the run of Secret Service in December 1897. A sign outside a neighbouring pub claims that one of the Adelphi's stage hands committed the murder, although it was actually Richard Arthur Prince, an actor who had fallen on hard times. The ghost of William Terriss is still meant to haunt the Adelphi, and his daughter Ellaline Terriss managed The Adelphi with her husband as the nineteenth century drew to a close.