Waitress Tickets

Adelphi Theatre Strand, London, WC2E 7NA
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 14:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book Waitress Tickets

Brought to life by a ground-breaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Brave, Love Song), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Important information

Running time
2hr 30min (including interval)
Booking Until
Sat, 25 May 2019
Venue Info

Adelphi Theatre

Strand, London, WC2E 7NA


Adelphi Theatre

Address: 409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS
Capacity: 1436

The version of the Adelphi Theatre that stands today opened its doors in December 1930, designed by the architect Ernest Schaufelberg. The first production to open in this theatre was Evergreen, a musical by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. The art deco features created during this time are still apparent today, having been extensively restored in a 1993 renovation. This building is actually the fourth theatre to reside on the site, the first of which opened its doors on 27th November 1806 under the name The Sans Pareil.

The Sans Pareils was built by John Scott, a private businessman who built the theatre for his daughter so that she would have a place to perform and have the experience of managing a theatre. The theatre was refurbished in 1819 and renamed the Adelphi. In this incarnation the theatre became associated with burlettas, a form of entertainment where a straight play was substituted with songs and musical accompaniment to get round legal restrictions on the public performance of legitimate dramas.

Another name change in 1829 to Theatre Royal, Adelphi saw the theatre house a very successful series of stage adaptations of the novels of Charles Dickens, starting with The Pickwick Papers. Come 1858, the theatre had been demolished, rebuilt and renamed the Theatre Royal, New Adelphi. This was changed (again!) in 1867 to The Royal Adelphi Theatre.

A new theatre was constructed in 1901, designed by Ernest Runtz, opening as the Century Theatre in September 1901, but reverting to the Royal Adelphi Theatre in 1902. It became home to several musical comedies in the early 20th Century, including The Earl and the Girl (1904), The Boy (1917) and Mr. Cinders (1929). Once again, and for the final time, the Royal Adelphi Theatre was knocked down and rebuilt as the structure we see now, but it didn’t receive its current name until 1940 when the ‘Royal’ epithet was dropped.

This house has become heavily associated with musical theatre in the last 40 years, with Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opening here in 1975, Cameron Mackintosh’s first production of My Fair Lady in 1982, and almost exclusively showing musicals since 1993 upon the renovation of the theatre and the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. The transfer of Chicago from Broadway in 1997 brought the theatre its longest-running tenant, racking up almost nine years of performances before transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in 2006. The theatre’s current tenant is the Tony and Olivier award winning musical Kinky Boots.


The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The raking of the seats is not particularly substantial in any part of the theatre.

In the Stalls, the overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view of the top of the stage from the seats in Row P and onwards.

In the Dress Circle, patrons may miss action at the top and front of the stage in Row N due to the shallow rake of the seats in front and the overhang of the Upper Circle.

The Upper Circle is set fairly high in this theatre, though is not as far from the stage as in other theatres.

Facilities At Adelphi Theatre 

Seat plan: Adelphi Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Wheelchair accessible

Access description:
The main entrance has a ramp and automatic doors. Box Office counter to the right inside the entrance. No steps to Stalls from foyer. 41 steps up to the Dress Circle; 79 to the Upper Circle. Most staircases are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Theatre opens 45 minutes before the performance.

Sound Amplification: Williams infra-red system with 10 headsets. Collect from Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium and Front of House staff are happy to dog-sit (maximum 2).

Disabled Access: No steps to Stalls from foyer. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at the back - view slightly restricted. Transfer seating available to any stalls aisle seat. A maximum of 4 wheelchairs can be stored in the cloakroom. Provisions for 4 wheelchairs/scooter transferees per performance - please check when booking.

Toilets: Level access to women's toilets in the main entrance foyer and to both men's and women's in the Stalls. Men's and women's toilets available in the Dress Circle foyer area. Access to toilets in the Upper Circle involves a number of steps.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet by the entrance to the Stalls.

Nearest tube: Charing Cross
Tube lines:  Bakerloo, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Strand) 23, 139, 176, N6, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (3mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross the street where possible and go right (approx. 150 metres). The theatre is on your left.