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Fortune Theatre London

About the Fortune Theatre

The Fortune Theatre was the first theatre to be built in London after World War I, and is situated close to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It was constructed on the site of an old public tavern, sharing a corridor with the neighbouring Scottish National Church. Today it is a Grade II-listed building, and the oldest remaining public building in London to be built entirely out of concrete.

With a capacity of only 432, The Fortune Theatre is one of the smallest in the West End - second only to the 350-seat Arts Theatre. For much of the 20th Century it operated as a 'receiving house', meaning it exclusively hosted touring shows rather than its own resident productions.

This theatre has been host to spooky thriller The Woman in Black since 1989, which is the West End’s second longest running play after The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theatre. A film adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012 enticed a new set of theatregoers to the Fortune. Fittingly, considering its resident play, the Fortune is reported to be haunted, with actors commenting on ghostly encounters experienced at the venue.

Plan Your Visit

The Fortune Theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
The Fortune Theatre does not have a dress code, although theatregoers are advised to wear practical and sensible clothing.
Air-conditioning is installed within the Fortune Theatre, allowing patrons to keep cool even on hot days.
The Fortune Theatre has limited cloakroom facilities, but coats and small items can be checked in for a performance at a cost of £1 per item. Large bags and rucksacks may be refused.
Bag searches are undertaken by qualified security professionals at this venue. To help staff, it is advised to not bring large bags or suitcases, as well as arriving with plenty of time to enter.
The Fortune Theatre is located in Covent Garden, where there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs to grab a bite to eat. Clos Maggiore is a popular choice with patrons looking for a special pre-theatre dinner and is just a five-minute walk from the theatre. For a quick bite, try plant-based eaterie By Chloe which is next door to the theatre
The Fortune Theatre is close to both Covent Garden and the Strand, making it an ideal place to get a pre-theatre meal. Popular chains such as Bill’s, Cote and Zizzi's are all nearby for those wanting to return to an old favorite, while The Delaunay is one of London’s top European-style cafes for those wanting high class service and are not fussy about price. For any vegans however, By Chloe is the trendy choice.
The nearby Fielding Hotel is well connected to London's wide array of landmarks. The four-star hotel is located just a five-minute walk from the theatre. For a budget option, the surrounding Z-Hotels all offer comfort and pleasant stays, without the big price tag.
The Fortune Theatre opened in 1924 and was designed by architect Ernest Schaufelberg. The theatre was the first to open following the First World War and is notable for its Italianate style, which takes inspiration from 16th Century Italian Renaissance buildings. As you enter the theatre take a look at the ornate bronze double doors and the beaten copper ticket booth.

Help Booking Tickets

Tickets can be collected from the Fortune Theatre box office from one hour before performances start. To avoid queues, we recommend you to arrive as early as possible and to have your confirmation email and ID to hand.
The box office at the Fortune Theatre is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays and 10am to 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday, during which time you are able to make purchases for future performances.
The box office for the Fortune Theatre can be contacted directly on 0844 871 7626, where calls are charged at standard geographic rates.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets, including the Fortune Theatre. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Fortune Theatre’s main auditorium can be hired all day Sundays and Mondays, and during the daytime on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is an ideal space for small showcases or conferences, however, please note there is limited bar space. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7395 0780 or email
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