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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 267

Adelphi Theatre (London, England) records

Correspondence and business papers concerning the Adelphi Theatre and the Covent Garden Theatre in London.


  • 1787-1850

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Contains correspondence of Frederick Henry Yates, Daniel Terry, Charles James Mathews and others concerning the Adelphi Theatre. Also contains financial and business records, including deeds, bonds, receipts, and correspondence concerning rent, salaries and lawsuits. Covent Garden Theatre papers include correspondence of Henry Harris, among others, and financial and business papers, which include deeds, agreements, receipts, lists of salaries, and expenses.

Biographical / Historical

The Sans Pareil Theatre of London opened in 1806 and was renamed the Adelphi Theatre in 1819. Other names included: Theatre Royal, Adelphi (1829-1858); Theatre Royal, New Adelphi (1858-1867); Royal Adelphi Theatre (1867); Century Theatre (1901-1902); Adelphi Theatre (1902-1930); and Royal Adelphi Theatre (1930-1940). Frederick Henry Yates managed the Adelphi Theatre with Daniel Terry in 1825. On Terry's death in 1829, he was joined by Charles Mathews. The Covent Garden Theatre, also known as the Royal Opera House, was built in 1732.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Papers concerning the Adelphi Theatre
  2. II. Papers concerning the Covent Garden Theatre

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-166. Purchased with the F. E. Chase fund; received: 1964 November.
Adelphi Theatre (London, England). Adelphi Theatre (London, England) records: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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