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Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Address: Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
The Fortune Theatre opened on 8th November 1924, the first theatre to be built in London after World War I. Laurence Cowen commissioned Ernest Schaufelberg to design the theatre for a site opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane that used to play host to a popular drinking spot for Georgian and Victorian actors, the Albion Tavern. Laurence Cowen also wrote the first play that was performed here, Sinners, which unfortunately only played for two weeks!
During the 1930s, the Fortune Theatre hosted a plethora of works including several from amateur societies, and was used during World War II by the Entertainments National Service Association, who provided entertainment for the British armed forces. Following the war, the theatre has welcomed some of the entertainment industries elite with Dame Judi Dench, Maureen Lipman, Alan Bennett and Flanders & Swann all appearing well into the 1980s. Other notable shows to play this venue include the musicals Mr. Cinders in 1983 and Nunsense in 1987.
But the Fortune Theatre is most famous for hosting its current production, The Woman in Black, which has played at the theatre since June 1989 and is the second longest running play in the West End, beaten only by The Mousetrap.
The theatre is currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.
The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The Fortune Theatre is the second smallest West End house and offers a very inclusive theatrical experience.
The Stalls offers good legroom throughout, but the raking of the seating only really affects the last few rows of seats.
The Dress Circle legroom is less desirable, but the seats still allow good views.
The Upper Circle is set relatively high in the theatre for such a small space, set back from the Dress Circle.
Facilities At Fortune Theatre
Seat plan: Fortune Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop
Access description: No steps into foyer from street through double doors. Box Office counter to left. Dress Circle up 7 steps. 1 step between rows in auditorium. Row G has the most leg room. 21 steps down to Stalls, more than 40 to Upper Circle. Most staircases have handrails on both sides. Auditorium opens 30mins before the performance.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser amplification and loop system available in all areas of the auditorium. There are 20 amplification headsets and 5 loop headsets.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium due to large sound effects in the show, but staff are happy to dog-sit.
Disabled Access: No spaces for wheelchair users who have to stay in their chairs. The person in a wheelchair must be able to negotiate a few stairs as there is no access into the theatre for wheelchairs. Box A has a side entrance from Crown Court with one step down into the anteroom, and three shallow steps with a rail into the box, also a toilet in the ante room. Through the side EXIT door on Crown Court, there are 5 steps to the main Dress Circle.
Toilets: Ladies on all levels, Gents in the Stalls and Upper level.
Disabled Toilets: No adapted toilets. The private toilet next to Box A is the most accessible
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: es
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres go left on Russell Street, from where the theatre logo can be seen.