Little Theatre in the Adelphi

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Little Theatre in the Adelphi
Address John Adam Street, Adelphi, Strand
City of Westminster, London
 United Kingdom
Type West End theatre
Opened 1910
Closed 1941

Little Theatre in the Adelphi was a theatre in London, on what is now John Adam Street just west of the Royal Society of Arts. It should not be confused with either the Haymarket Theatre (also known as the Little Theatre) or the Adelphi Theatre both of which are in the West End. The theatre was constructed in 1910 from a banking hall previously used by Messrs Coutts, part of the original Adam Brothers Adelphi development between the Strand and the River Thames.

The first lessee of the Little Theatre was the actor-manager Gertrude Kingston, who had it built largely to her specification, making it the first British theatre to adopt certain lighting techniques, including ‘dimmer’ lights, which had been invented in the United States.[1] The theatre was twice bombed, once in 1917, being reconstructed on its original lines in 1920, and again in 1941. It was demolished in 1949.[2]


  1. ^ [Kate Steedman, ‘Kingston, Gertrude (1862–1937)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 [1] accessed 21 April 2011
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Coordinates: 51°30′33″N 0°7′23″W / 51.50917°N 0.12306°W / 51.50917; -0.12306