The Adelphi Theatre, formerly known as the Sans Pareil, was built in 1806 for the stage-struck daughter of John Scott who made fortune from the invention of a washing Blue. It is only in 1819 that the Sans Pareil changed its name to the Adelphi Theatre after it was bought by two gentlemen called Jones and Rodwell.
Until 1843, only what were called Burlettas (plays containing no less than 5 pieces of vocal music in each act) was being staged due to the Monopoly of the Patent Theatres. The arrival of famous French dancer Madame Céline Céleste and the actor-manager Benjamin Webster in 1844 made it one of the most fashionably attended theatre in London.
In 1858, the Adelphi Theatre was completely demolished and rebuilt to become one of the most luxurious London Theatres. From 1904 to 1908, the Adelphi became home of Shakespeare and modern poetic dramas under the management of Otho Stuart. This was only in 1960 that modern musicals started to dominate the scene at the Adelphi Theatre!
In 1993, Andrew Lloyd Webber and James Nederlander became the new owners and many of the Art Deco fittings and features were reinstalled. Productions at the Adelphi include: The dancing years, Bless The Bride, Blitz!, Maggie May, Show Boat, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, Marilyn, Me And My Girl, Chicago, Evita, and Joseph.