Adelphi Theatre

 

The Adelphi Theatre is a popular London West End theatre, located on the Strand in the City of Westminster. The present building is the fourth on the site. The theatre has specialised in comedy and musical theatre, and today it is a receiving house for a variety of productions, including many musicals.

 

Charles Dickens and the Adelphi Theatre.

Among the celebrated actors who appeared on the stage of the Adelphi in its early years was the comedian Charles Matthews (1776-1835), whose work was so admired by a young Charles Dickens.

The Adelphi Theatre was described by Charles Dickens in Chapter 31 of The Pickwick Papers (1836).

The Adelphi has the distinction, according to the research of Philip Bolton, of being the first house to stage an adaptation a work by Charles Dickens, the piece being J. B. Buckstone’s “The Christening,” a comic burletta (farce) which opened on 13 October 1834, based on “The Bloomsbury Christening,” which would eventually be published in the first volume of Sketches by Boz.

Many of Charles Dickens’s early works were adapted for the stage of the Adelphi, including

 

Image from the Illustrated London News, 30 December 1848 of The Haunted Man at the Adelphi Theatre.

Image from the Illustrated London News, 30 December 1848 of The Haunted Man at the Adelphi Theatre.

 

Location.

The Adelphi Theatre is located at 409-412 Strand, London.

 

 

Further Reading.

 

 

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