Adelphi Foyer and Bar

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Client: Really Useful Group
Location: Adelphi, London, UK
Completion: September 2015

The Adelphi Theatre is located on the Strand in the heart of London’s West End and is iconic for its 1930’s Art Deco styling. Due to the peculiarities of its tight siting the theatre has always suffered from a shortfall in bars and WCs.

Lee Fitzgerald were initially commissioned to carry out a space audit on the Theatre and, following on from this, to convert the constricted basement storage vaults and the upper light wells into usable toilet and powder-room facilities.

Following on from this, the main entrance foyers were reworked and refurbished to provide a bar for the Stalls and a reworking of the basement Jesse Matthews bar.

The approach taken was to maximise provision as far as was practicable. The aesthetic is Art Deco and draws on the 1930s styling of the original Dress Circle bar.

In the toilets the cubicles are laminated in rosewood, and the interior finishes are engraved with delicate Art Deco triangular patterns. The relief to the joinery carries through the graphic motifs of the building as a whole.