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This article is about the London theatre. For the New York theater, see Adelphi Theater.

The Adelphi Theatre is a 1500-seat theatre located on The Strand in the West End of London.

It was founded in 1806 as the Sans Pareil ("Without Compare"). In 1819 it took on its present name, which came from the name of the Adelphi Buildings opposite. The present building is the fourth on the site.

An actor who performed there regularly in the latter half of the nineteenth century, William Terriss, was stabbed to death on the 16th of December 1897 as recorded on a plaque on the wall by the stage door. Outside a neighbouring pub, a sign says that the killer was one of the theatre's stage hands, but Richard Archer Prince committed the murder. It has been said that Terriss' ghost haunts the theatre. Terriss' daughter was Ellaline Terriss, a famous actress, and her husband, actor-manager Seymour Hicks managed the Adelphi for some years.

In 1993, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group purchased the theater and completely refurbished it prior to the opening of his adaptation of Sunset Boulevard.

The 1998 video of Lloyd Webber's musical Cats was taped at the theatre.

Between 1997 and April 2006 the venue was the setting for the popular musical Chicago. This production vacated the theatre on 22 April 2006, transferring to the Cambridge, to make way for Michael Grandage's new production of Lloyd Webber's Evita which started previews on the 2nd of June 2006.

Brian Wilson performed his album Pet Sounds for the last ever time in the UK in the Adelphi.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, opened at the Adelphi in 2010, but closed after just over a year.

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