Adelphi Theatre


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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Adelphi Theatre
Location: Glasgow
County: Lanark
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: the ‘foot’ of Saltmarket (Glasgow Story Website). For a current map, Click Here.

  • Alternate Names: Theatre Royal Adelphi, Sans Pareil Pavilion

  • Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:

  • See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.

  • See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).

    Beth Marquis

  • Events at Adelphi Theatre

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 9 February 1846 - 14 February 1846 Glasgow, Lanark Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 1 April 1846 - 4 April 1846 Glasgow, Lanark Green Bushes Troupe (London-Adelphi, 46)
    Dramatic 22 August 1846 - 22 August 1846 Glasgow, Lanark Bennett, James
    Dramatic 12 October 1846 - 17 October 1846 Glasgow, Lanark Africans Troupe (Glasgow, 46)
    Dramatic 26 April 1847 - 1 May 1847 Glasgow, Lanark Scott, J.R., the American tragedian
    Dramatic 19 May 1848 - 19 May 1848 Glasgow, Lanark Aldridge, Ira

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Glasgow Story Website. 09/14/2008 (

      "The Adelphi Theatre, also known as the Theatre Royal Adelphi or the Sans Pareil Pavilion, was one of Glasgow's two licensed theatres in the first half of the 19th century. Owned by David Prince Miller, it was housed in a wooden building at the foot of Saltmarket and opened in 1842.

      As can be seen from this playbill, the Adelphi combined serious drama with light entertainment. Black entertainers had a particular fascination for Victorian audiences and W H Bateman was one of the best known of his day.

      The Adelphi was destroyed by fire in 1848."(Search 'Adelphi Theatre')