Kinky Boots

After winning the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots is as successful as ever! Following the tale of a reluctant shoe factory owner Charlie and his special friendship with fabulous drag queen Lola, Kinky Boots is the ultimate musical about love, acceptance and friendship. Can Charlie save his business and change life for the better for Lola and her crew at the same time? And more profoundly, what does it really mean to be a man?

The show takes us from a buzzing gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton all the way to the glitzy catwalks of Milan. Its show-stopping songbook  by Cyndi Lauper includes cult favourites such as "Sex is In the Heel", "The History of Wrong Guys", "Just Be" and "What a Woman Wants".

Featuring a fabulous score, an unforgettable story and a huge helping of comedy, Kinky Boots is not one to miss!
Booking until 12 January 2019


The UK premiere of smash-hit musical Waitress arrives at Adelphi Theatre in February 2019 and features an all-female creative team, including six-time Grammy Award-nominee Sara Bareilles who provides the music and lyrics.

Based on the film by Adrienne ShelleyWaitress follows expert pie-maker Jenna as she navigates the highs and lows of her small-town life.
Booking from 8 February 2019 until 25 May 2019

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 3725 7060
Access Booking:020 3725 7066
Group Booking:020 3725 7060
Stage Door:020 7836 1166

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Originally opening in 1806, the Adelphi Theatre had early performance roots in pantomime, burletta, operas and melodrama, with many productions dubbed as Adelphi Screamers.

In the 1830’s, the Adelphi became well-known for producing some of the first stage adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. For example throughout the mid 1800’s, the Adelphi was home to The Bloomsbury Christening, The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and A Christmas Carol.

One of the most famous murders in theatrical history took place at the Adelphi Theatre. In 1897, actor William Terris was stabbed to death at the stage door before he was due to star in a performance of Secret Service. Terris’ ghost is said to haunt the theatre to this day.

The early 20th century saw a greater influx of musicals and operettas at the Adelphi, including The Earl and The Girl (1904) and The Quaker Girl (1910). Towards the mid-20th century the theatre premiered Noel Coward’s Words and Music (1932), and later when on to resume its trend of light-hearted musicals such as Maggie May (1964) and A Little Night Music (1975).

In more recent years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group purchased the theatre and presented big musicals such as Sunset Boulevard (1993), Chicago (1997), Evita (2006), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2007), Love Never Dies (2010) and Sweeney Todd (2012).

In a slight break from the current trend of large-scale musicals, the theatre became home to the National Theatre's hugely successful One Man Two Guvnors (2011), which then moved to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In 2012, The Bodyguard musical made its world debut at the Adelphi Theatre. Heather Headley originated the role of Rachel Marron in the show and was then replaced by international superstar Beverley Knight, who was later replaced by X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

In December 2014, the musical premiere of Made in Dagenham opened at the Adelphi Theatre, starring Gemma Arterton. Despite encouraging reviews, the show closed in the spring of 2015, making way for the West End debut of Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which opened in September 2015 and continues to play to packed-out audiences.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group rebranded as LW Theatres (Lloyd Webber Theatres) in 2018, vowing to step up their service and improve the look of their website.

Kinky Boots has announced its closing date, departing from the Adelphi on 12 January 2019.

Past Shows

Made in Dagenham
(closed 11 Apr 2015)
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The Bodyguard
(closed 29 Aug 2014)