Part of The Strand, London


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Candid of The Strand, London, this afternoon Aug 4th. The sun did try to show itself but mostly just overcast. The theatre showing Joseph is the Adelphi.

’The original Theatre on the site of the present Adelphi Theatre in The Strand, London was built in 1806 by Mr. Jay of London Wall to the designs of Samuel Beazley and was known as the Sans Pareil (See lower down on this page for more information on the Sans Pareil.)

The Sans Pareil was sold in 1819 and renamed The Adelphi Theatre, and later became the Theatre Royal Adelphi in October 1829.

This first Adelphi Theatre was replaced in 1858 by a new Theatre, built by J. Wilson to the designs of T. H. Wyatt. This building with a capacity of 1500 was renovated in 1879 and again in 1887 when a public house called the Hampshire Hog and the house next door, and the Nell Gwynne Tavern in Bull Inn Court were all bought by the Gattis, who had run the Theatre since 1879, in order to enlarge the Theatre. They also built a new enlarged Facade and part of this can still be seen today above the Crystal Rooms next door to the present Adelphi Theatre.

The second Adelphi Theatre was the scene of a now famous crime when on the 16th of December 1897 during the run of ‘Secret Service’ William Terriss was murdered whilst entering the Theatre by the royal entrance in Maiden Lane which he used as a private entrance.

The stage door of the current Adelphi is in Maiden Lane but back then it was in Bull Inn Court. William Terriss would later have a Theatre named after him, the Terriss Theatre in Rotherhithe, later known as the Rotherhithe Hippodrome.’

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