Fortune Theatre

  • About
    The Fortune Theatre, once so succinctly described as 'This most intimate of theatres' first opened to the public on Saturday, 8th November 1924. Built on the site of the old Albion Tavern, it was the first London theatre to be built after World War I.

    It's opening play was Sinners which was penned by Laurence Cowen, who commissioned the architect to design the theatre. Unfortunately for Cowen, the play only ran for two weeks! Over the course of the following years, there were many other productions, including some amateur work in the 1930s. World War II even saw the venue being used by ENSA, the concert party corp of the Forces.

    Since then of course, the Fortune has seen many celebrated actors and actresses perform on it's stage. Amongst the impressive roll call are Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde and Maureen Lipman, who famously portrayed the late Joyce Grenfall in her one woman show, 'Re-Joyce'. Variety stars Flanders and Swann played here and The Fortune was home to the ground- breaking revue from Cambridge, Beyond The Fringe. That run saw the original line-up of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller perform together. Other shows that ran here include Mr Cinders, Double Double, Nunsense and Dangerous Obsession.

    The Fortune is most closely associated, of course, with it's current production The Woman In Black which has become a West End legend. This enigmatic and brilliant play first took up residence at The Fortune in 1989. The theatre and the show celebrated 5000 performances in July 2001 with a huge party, which was held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium! Everyone present agreed that it was a most unforgettable and enjoyable occasion.

    For many years, The Fortune was privately owned, but in December 2001, it became part of the hugely successful Ambassador Theatre Group and joined ATG's nine other West End theatres.
  • Built in
    1989
  • Address
    Russell Street
    London
    WC2B 5HH
  • Booking Contact
    01462 421416
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Julia Crammer
Julia Crammer
Deputy Stage Manager
2020, The Woman in Black
DSM/Sound Op
Emma Robinson
Emma Robinson
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, The Woman In Black
Assistant Stage Manager / Book Cover
Emily Ida
Emily Ida
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, The Woman In Black
Assistant Stage Manager/ Book Cover
Richard Delaney
Richard Delaney
Acting Coach
2019, West End Industry Showcase (BA Acting, CDT)
Visiting Professional (Co-Director/Acting Coach)
Dominic Price
2019, The Woman In Black
The Actor (1st cover)
Jade Hunter
Jade Hunter
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, The Woman In Black
DSM
Charles Hickey
Charles Hickey
Chief Electrician
2019, The Woman in Black
Lighting Dept. Casual
Camilla Direk
Camilla Direk
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, The Woman In Black
ASM Book Cover
Millie Cousins
Millie Cousins
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Musical Theatre Showcase
Stage Manager
Luis Torrecilla
2018, Two Sisters and a Piano
Portuondo
Scott Mckenzie
2018, Tiger Country
Mr Mercer
Natalie Griffin
2018, Tiger Country
Gillian and Mrs Bracken
Annabel Facer
2018, Tiger Country
Jay
Stephanie Joab
Stephanie Joab
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, The Woman in Black
ASM Book Cover
James Malcolm Byng
2018, The Woman In Black
The Actor
Charlie Jack
Charlie Jack
Actor
2018, The Inheritance (Showcase)
Toby
Michael Taktak
2018, The Inheritance (Showcase)
Eric
Jessica Booth
2018, Ramona Tells Jim
Pocahontas
Vicki Lee Taylor
2018, Poppies
Ada
Stevie Dow
Stevie Dow
Actor
2018, MA Showcase/Pomona
Moe