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LET'S ALL GO DOWN THE STRAND
Adelphi Theatre in general
Member Name: lak11
Adelphi Theatre in general
Date: 15/06/12, updated on 06/07/12 (167 review reads)
Advantages: Shows many good plays and musicals
Disadvantages: Could do with a better rake
The Adelphi Theatre is situated in The Strand, London in the very heart of the city's famous theatre land.
(For more in depth history of the theatre see http://www.reallyuseful.com/theatres/adelphi-theat re/history/)
The current building of The Adelphi Theatre is in fact the fourth one on this site. This theatre has been known by other names but the original theatre (Sans Pareil) was founded by a merchant (John Scott) and his daughter, in 1806. The theatre reopened in 1819 now as The Adelphi and then would often show plays by Charles Dickens. It has a history of theatre buildings being closed, demolished and reopened. Also there are tales of their being a ghost here, of actor William Terris who was fatally stabbed here in 1897.
In 1993 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre company (The Really Useful Group) bought the theatre and after refurbishments it showed Chicago from 1997 until 2006.
Currently The Adelphi Theatre is hosting Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. I had the pleasure of seeing this in April 2012
Tickets for shows can be booked direct by phone (0844 811 0053 - 24 hours) or by going to the box office at the Adelphi Theatre (Open Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm) or online.
Group and schools tickets are available at a reduced rate, as are day tickets.
Access tickets are available for a disabled person and one carer.
I have taken this information from http://www.reallyuseful.com/theatres/adelphi-theat re/disabled-access/ as having some mobility difficulties myself I feel that being forewarned makes such a difference not only in terms of accessing a theatre but knowing how one can cope and travel there; things many take as a matter of course are essential to others. I don't require wheelchair access but there are certain facts I need to know to judge whether a visit is worth the effort involved. I hope this is of some help to anyone with mobility problems or disabilities who are considering visiting this theatre.
"The Adelphi does have access for wheelchair users that you should be able to take advantage of without a carer. There is a 15cm step at the main entrance but a ramp is available, and no stairs from the foyer into the stalls, so seating in this area would probably be the best bet for you as there are quite a lot of stairs to the Dress and Upper Circles. There are spaces for 2 wheelchair users in the stalls at the back, with slightly restricted view. Alternatively, transfer seating is available for up to 4 wheelchair users; you will need to check with the theatre when booking. There is also an adapted toilet by the entrance to the stalls.
A7-9, A28-30, BB10, 11, 25, 26, and C31 in the Stalls have the most legroom.
Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Jessie Matthews bar down 20 steps from the foyer. Vivien Ellis bar has level access from stalls. Dress Circle bar up 30 steps. Upper Circle bar up 63 steps. Limited seating.
Infra-red system with headsets. Limited number of headsets available for collection from Box Office. Induction loop at Box Office. Please be advised that there is NO COVERAGE in: Stalls - from Row R to rear, Dress Circle from Row J to rear and Upper Circle from Row F to rear.
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for four dogs per performance in the Manager's office."
There is a kiosk shop selling souvenirs. As is often the case in these places the wares are overpriced and you are expected to choose quickly. I didn't find the person serving when I last purchased from here very helpful and thought he was a little impolite in serving.
As is usual in London theatres the drinks at the bars were expensive. We did all have a drink but I can't remember how much the bill came to but it would have been more than in a pub. We had our drinks served in plastic tumblers so that we could take them into the auditorium.
Disabled facilities are available.
I think the interval proves a stressful time as there really isn't enough time especially for us females to use the lavatory and purchase a drink. My husband is always happy to go to the bar and if he didn't come along then I would order my drinks before the show for the interval as it saves time but there still is a mad dash for the toilets and unless you are sitting near and are close to an aisle being in a long queue is inevitable. There just aren't enough toilet cubicles in these old theatres for the amount of people needing them. I really think that for the price paid for an evening or daytime trip to the theatre one shouldn't have to rush and queue like this. At another show and in another theatre I was at the end of a queue and when I left the toilets wasn't allowed back to my seat until the solo (a key moment) had finished.
Either more toilets are needed or ten minutes longer for the interval.
I think this is quite a nice theatre although not my favourite. The most negative thing being in my opinion that I feel this theatre needs more of a rake to be able to get the most from most shows.
I always do my research and choose as well as I can but, if I was new to theatre or didn't have the means, or knowledge to find the best seats for the price I decided to pay, then I could have been disappointed.
The Adelphi theatre is situated at:
London WC2R 0NS
Local underground stations are: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Charing Cross/Embankment (District, Circle, Northern and Bakerloo lines). We travelled to Covent Garden which doesn't have escalators but instead lifts which means queuing at busy times. The walk took a little over ten minutes but I did find it quite hard work in the busy London streets, although it was interesting to see the comings and goings of the capital. We were pleased to see the actor Derek Jacobi walk past us. He didn't seem to recognise us though!
The nearest car parks are in Chinatown and near to Trafalgar Square.
Summary: Decent theatre