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Adelphi Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened on 27th November 1806 as the Sans Pereil. Became the Adelphi Theatre in 1819 then the Theatre Royal, Adelphi in 1829.
Re-opened in 1858 as the Theatre Royal, New Adelphi, changed in 1867 to the Royal Adelphi Theatre.
Rebuilt again in 1901 and briefly held the name Century Theatre before reverting to the Royal Adelphi less than a year later.
A fourth building opened in December 1930 (still as the Royal Adelphi) before finally settling as the Adelphi Theatre in 1940.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
30th June 1866 - ?Helen, or Taken from the Greeks (now known as La Belle Helene)
1908The Quaker Girl
Early 1910sThe Girl In The Taxi
1913The Girl From Utah
Mid 1910sHigh Jinks
Author: Paul Rubens
Cast included: Margaret Bannerman (stage debut, chorus girl), Godfrey Tearle, W. H. Berry, Phyllis Dare, Leon M. Lion
1918The Boy (musical version of The Magistrate)
1922The Way Of The Eagle
Christmas 1923Peter Pan
Gladys Cooper
By Pinero
1920sThe Green Hat
Author: Michael Arlen
Cast included: Tallulah Bankhead
1920sBetty In Mayfair
Cast included: Evelyn Laye
1927Clowns In Clover
Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert
1929Mr Cinder
By Vivian Ellis
Cast included: Binnie Hale and Bobby Howes
1929The House That Jack Built
Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert
August 1929The Tiger In Men
Cast included: Margaret Bannerman
1929 - 2nd December 1930Closed for rebuilding
3rd December 1930 - ? (154 performances)Ever Green/Evergreen
By Benn Levy. Lyrics/Music: Rodgers and Hart
Cast included: Jessie Matthews
1931Grand Hotel
By: Vicki Baum
? - April 1932 - ?Helen!
By: A.P. Herbert. Based on Offenbach's La Belle Helene. Director: Max Reinhardt. Dances: Massine. Decor: Messel
Cast included: Evelyn Laye (Helen), W. H. Berry, Desiree Ellinger, Bruce Carfax, George Robey
1932Words And Music
Noel Coward
1933Nymph Errant
Cole Porter
Cast included: Gertrude Lawrence, Elizabeth Welch
? - 8th June 1936 - ?Follow The Sun
Charles B. Cochran revue
1937A. P. Herbert's 1937 Coronation Revue
1930sHome And Beauty
1940Dear Octopus
By: Dodie Smith
Cast included: Marie Tempest
1942 (revival of TRDL production, 969 performances)The Dancing Years
By: Ivor Novello
1946Big Ben
By: A.P. Herbert and Vivian Ellis. Producer: Cochran
~1946Red Riding Hood
Presented by Jack Hylton
Cast included: Nervo & Knox
~ May 1947 - March 1949 (2nd year) - ? (886 performances)Bless The Bride
Cast included: George Guetary, Lizbeth Webb and Brian Rice
1949Tough At The Top
7th December 1949 - ?Castle In The Air
Author: Alan Melville.
1950sTake It From Here
Cast included: Jimmy Edwards
1954You'll Be Lucky
Cast included: Al Read
? - June 1955 - ?The Talk Of The Town
Cast included: Jimmy Edwards, Dave King, Jill Day
1956Such Is Life
Cast included: Al Read, Jack Tripp, Shirley Bassey
1958 (301 performances)Auntie Mame
Cast included: Beatrice Lillie
16th March 1961 - February 1962 - ? (just under 400 performances)The Music Man
Author: Meredith Willson
Cast included: Van Johnson
Lionel Bart
1963 (over 300 performances)Six Of One
Dora Bryan
1963-1964Maggie May
Lionel Bart
15th December 1965 - ? (over five years, over 2000 performances)Charlie Girl
Harold Fielding
Original Cast: Anna Neagle, Derek Nimmo
~1971Meet Me In London
Tommy Steele
1971Show Boat
Cast included: Cleo Laine
1973The King And I
Cast included: Sally Anne Howes
April 1975 - ? (almost a year)A Little Night Music
By: Stephen Sondheim
Cast included: Jean Simmons, Hermione Gingold, Joss Ackland
June 1976 - October 1978Irene
Cast included: Jon Pertwee, Jessie Evans
~1978Beyond The Rainbow
Late 1970s or early 1980sCharley's Aunt
1982My Fair Lady
Cast included: Tony Britton, Liz Robertson
1982D'Oyly Carte Farewell productions
1982American Dancemachine
Christmas 1982Annie
17th March 1983 - July 1983 - ?Marilyn! The Musical
Book and Lyrics: Jacques Wilson. Music: Mort Garson
Cast included: Stephanie Lawrence, John Christie
November 1983 - ?Poppy
Author: Peter Nichols. RSC production
August 1984 - ?Lena Horne
Christmas 1984Jungle Book
Tuesday 12th February 1985 - 1993 (8 years, transfered from Leicester Haymarket)Me And My Girl
Cast over years included (as Bill and Sally): Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, Brian Conley, Les Dennis, Gary Wilmot, Lorraine Chase, Bonnie Langford
12th July 1993 - ? (over 1500 performances)Sunset Boulevard
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cast over years included: Patty Lupone, Betty Buckley, Petula Clarke,, Rita Moreno, Elaine Page
1997 - December 2004 - ? (over 8 years)Chicago The Musical
21st June 2006 - April 2007 - ?Evita
Lyrics: Tim Rice. Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
? - November 2009 - ?The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas
9th March 2010 - ? (world premiere)Love Never Dies
Cast included: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess
? - August 2013 - ?The Bodyguard
Thursday 9th October 2014 - ?Made In Dagenham
Cast incluced: Gemma Arterton
? - September 2015 - July 2016 - ?Kinky Boots
Cast included: Matt Henry (from 21/8/15)
? - December 2019 - (booking to) 4th July 2020Waitress

Theatre history taken from Mark Fox article in the Evita Jan 2007 programme and article in Me and My Girl July 1985 programme