12 Facts About Adelphi Theatre


Adelphi Theatre's wrote more than fifty stage pieces in an array of genres: melodramas, pantomimes, farces, comic operettas, historical dramas, and adaptations, as well as translations.

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Adelphi Theatre came under the management of Madame Celeste and comedian Benjamin Webster, in 1844, and Buckstone was appointed its resident dramatist.

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Old theatre was demolished, and on 26 December 1858, The New Adelphi was opened and was considered an improvement on the cramped circumstances of the original, which had been described as a "hasty conversion from a tavern hall, permanently kept in its provisional state".

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Also in the mid-19th century, the Adelphi Theatre hosted a number of French operettas, including La belle Helene.

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In 1867 the Adelphi Theatre gave English comic opera a boost by hosting the first public performance of Arthur Sullivan's first opera, Cox and Box.

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The stage door of the current Adelphi Theatre is in Maiden Lane but back then it was in Bull Inn Court.

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William Terriss would later have a Adelphi Theatre named after him, the Terriss Adelphi Theatre in Rotherhithe, later known as the Rotherhithe Hippodrome.

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Present Adelphi Theatre opened on 3 December 1930, redesigned in the Art Deco style by Ernest Schaufelberg.

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On 27 February 1982, the Adelphi Theatre hosted the final night of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for a concert performance of songs from all thirteen Savoy Operas as well as Cox and Box and Thespis.

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In November 1997, the London production of the popular American musical Chicago premiered at the Adelphi Theatre, becoming the venue's longest-ever production during its eight-and-a-half-year run .

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From 6 July 2007, the Adelphi Theatre was home to another Lloyd Webber revival, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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The National Adelphi Theatre transferred their show One Man, Two Guvnors to the theatre from 8 November 2011.

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