Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH


Fortune Theatre

Standing on the location of the old Albion Tavern, the Fortune Theatre was designed by Ernest Schaufelberg and opened in 1924 with a presentation of the Lawrence Cowen play, Sinners, which only ran for a fortnight. It is one of the most intimate West End theatres, and was the first to be built in London after World War I. There were numerous productions staged at the Fortune Theatre over the next few years, including a number of amateur plays in the 1930s.

During World War II, ENSA, the Armed Forces’ concert party corps, used the Fortune Theatre. It has had some major celebrities tread its boards, such as Maureen Lipman, Dirk Bogarde, Alan Bennett, Dudley Moore and Dame Judi Dench. Noteworthy productions at this theatre are Beyond the Fringe, Double Double, Dangerous Obsession, Mr Cinders, Nunsense, and the West End legend, The Woman in Black, a Stephen Mallatratt adaptation of the Susan Hill novel of the same name.

The Fortune Theatre has a seating capacity of 440 and is situated at Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HH. The closest public transport is the Covent Garden tube, and the theatre can be reached on bus routes 24, 29 and 176.


Now Showing: Woman in Black

Film Noir is a popular genre, and the phenomenally successful play, The Woman in Black, translates this to the stage. The play originally took to the boards in a British seaside town in 1987, and received such...

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