When Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the past and send himself… back to the future.
Back to the Future the Musical
Based on the classic 1980s film, this spectacular and hilarious musical adventure is directed by the Tony Award-winning John Rando, with a score by legendary film composer Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard (Ghost The Musical), along with hit songs from the film.
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“Back to the Future” is a beloved film franchise that has captured the hearts of audiences for over three decades. The series follows the adventures of teenager Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, as he travels back and forth through time with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.
The first film was released in 1985 and was an instant hit, grossing over $381 million at the box office. The film was praised for its witty script, engaging characters, and innovative special effects. It also spawned two sequels, “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III,” which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively.
The second film in the series takes Marty and Doc to the future, where they explore a world filled with flying cars, hoverboards, and self-lacing shoes. The third film, on the other hand, takes place in the Wild West, where Marty must help Doc prevent his own death at the hands of a notorious outlaw.
Throughout the series, the chemistry between Fox and Lloyd is undeniable, and their performances have become iconic. The films also feature memorable supporting characters, such as Marty’s parents, George and Lorraine McFly, and Biff Tannen, the villainous antagonist.
Aside from its entertaining storyline and beloved characters, the film series has had a lasting impact on popular culture. The films have inspired countless parodies, tributes, and references in movies, TV shows, and music. The iconic DeLorean time machine has also become a cultural icon, recognized and beloved around the world.
Adelphi Theatre History
In its early years, the theatre was primarily known for melodrama, and these were called Adelphi Screamers. A considerable number of Charles Dickens stories were adapted for the stage and performed at the venue, which included John Baldwin Buckstone’s The Christening, which was a comic burletta, and had its opening night on 13th October, 1834. Based on The Bloomsbury Christening, this is regarded as the first Dickens adaptation performed.
Subsequent classics included popular ones such as; The Old Curiosity Shop, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. With significant improvements to the building required, the building was demolished, and on (Boxing Day) on 26th December 1858 The New Adelphi was opened. The re-built venue had a seating capacity of 1,500, with standing room for a further 500. The interior was lit by a Stroud’s Patent Sun Lamp, which had a brilliant array of gas mantles passing light through a chandelier of cut-glass.
During the mid-nineteenth century, John Lawrence Toole established and heightened his reputation for comedies at the venue. Also at this time, the Adelphi was host to a number of French operettas including La belle H’l’n. In 1867, the venue was home to the first public performance of Cox and Box, the Arthur Sullivan opera. William Terriss, an actor who performed frequently at the Adelphi was stabbed to death on 16th December, 1897 and this is commemorated by a plaque on the wall close to the stage-door. A bit-part actor known as Richard Archer Prince, and also with name William Archer Flint, committed the murder of Terriss. It is alleged that the theatre is haunted by the ghost of Terriss. Terriss’ daughter Ellaline Terriss, a well-known actress, and her husband actor Seymour Hicks managed the Adelphi for several years at the close of the 19th century.
The venue re-opened as the Century Theatre on 11th September 1901 with the name reverting to the Adelphi in 1904. The new building was constructed by Frank Kirk and designed by Ernest Runtz. The ‘dean of London musical theatre’, George Edwardes, took control of the theatre in 1908. In the early 20th century, the venue housed a number of musical comedies. The current venue opened on 3rd December, 1930, re-designed by Ernest Schaufelberg in Art Deco style, and named the ‘Royal Adelphi Theatre’ and re-opened with the musical Ever Green, by Hart and Rogers. In 1940 the theatre’s name reverted to The Adelphi, continuing to be home to comedy and musicals.
A proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden by the Greater London Council in 1968 saw the theatre under threat, together with the Vaudeville, Garrick, Lyceum and Duchess theatres. A successful campaign by Equity, the Musicians’ Union, together with theatre owners under the banner of ‘Save London Theatres Campaign’, led to the scheme being abandoned. In 1993, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group purchased the theatre and entirely refurbished it prior to the opening of Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of Sunset Boulevard.
In November 1997, the venue became home to Chicago which became the theatre’s longest-running production during its 8 1/2 year run, which at the time, also made it the longest-running American musical in the history of the West End. In April 2006, Chicago transferred to the Cambridge Theatre. Since then, the Adelphi Theatre has hosted major shows including Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Love Never Dies, The Bodyguard, and in 2014 Made In Dagenham The Musical.
There are several options for public transport to the Adelphi Theatre in London. Here are a few:
- Tube: The nearest tube stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), and Embankment (District, Circle, Bakerloo, and Northern lines).
- Bus: Several bus routes serve the area around the Adelphi Theatre, including numbers 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77A, 91, and 139.
- Train: Charing Cross and Waterloo railway stations are both within walking distance of the theatre.
- Taxi: Taxis are widely available in London and can drop you off directly outside the theatre.
- Bike: There are several Santander Cycle docking stations near the Adelphi Theatre, allowing you to cycle to the venue if you have access to a bike.
Note: It’s always best to check the latest travel information before setting off, as public transport routes and schedules may be subject to change.