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Adelphi Theatre, Covent Garden
Adelphi Theatre, Covent Garden

Adelphi Theatre

The Aldephi Theatre is a Covent Garden stalwart that was founded on The Strand in 1806 as the Sans Pareil Theatre. The Adelphi has since been rebuilt and renamed several times over.

The current Grade II listed building dates from 1930, designed by Ernest Schaufelberg in a bold Art Deco style.

The 1,500 seat Adelphi Theatre enjoys close ties with Andrew Lloyd Webber and has played host to many of his most successful musicals. In an earlier incarnation, the theatre was famous for its adaptations of the early works Charles Dickens. It was also infamous as the site, in December 1897, of the murder of one of the country’s most famous performers, William Terriss, by a deranged, unemployed actor.


Based on the 2005 comedy film about a son who reluctantly inherits his father’s shoe factory, Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots struts its spectacular stuff at the Adelphi Theatre.

Big-hearted and high-spirited, the musical tells the true story of Charlie Price, the new owner of his late father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.

The production features a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and direction by Jerry Mitchell, whose credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical, Hairspray and Legally Blonde The Musical. Its beloved status in the West End was consolidated in its Best New Musical victory at the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in... is to stand out!

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Adelphi Theatre, Covent Garden