Location: 24 Russell Street
Currently Showing: The Woman in Black
Access: Covent Garden
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
Laurence Cowen purchased a site opposite the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and built a theatre on this land. The building opened on 8th August 1924 as the Fortune Thriller Theatre with Sinners, which was written by Cowen himself. The theatre was designed by Ernest Schaufelberg in a classic, Italianate style.
During World War II, the theatre was host to performances from the Entertainment National Service Association.
Since then, the Fortune has been a receiving house for many touring productions including Flanders and Swann and Beyond the Fringe.
In 1989, The Woman in Black opened here. This is an adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt of Susan Hill’s 1983 novel. In December 2001, the Fortune became part of the Ambassador Theatre Group.
The Fortune Theatre is located on Russell Street. Covent Garden is a short distance away, where there are many bars and restaurants, most of which have outdoor seating. Embankment is nearby, which provides a lovely view of the Thames and London’s skyline. The view is particularly pretty by night.
Our favourite restaurants nearby:
- Orso – Wellington Street, Italian cuisine
- Bella Italia – Wellington Street, chain, vouchers available, wide ranging menu
- Strada – Tavistock Street, chain, vouchers available
- Zizzi – Bow Street, chain, wide ranging menu, vouchers available
- Pizza Express – Bow Street, chain, vouchers available
The Fortune Theatre is a very small venue and so most of the seats have an excellent view. The premium seats in the Stalls are in rows E and F and cost around £60 each. Most of the other seats in the Stalls and in the Dress Circle are about £50 each. Tickets for seats in the Upper Circle are significantly cheaper but the view is compromised.
Where to buy tickets
The Fortune Theatre is owned by ATG and therefore the best place to buy tickets is direct from their website as you will pay face value with an additional booking fee. If you are an ATG TheatreCard holder, you will not pay a booking fee and will receive a discount on drinks from ATG owned theatre bars.
Reviews from the Fortune
The Woman In Black – ★★★★★ “…heart-pounding, dramatic, spine-chilling” Read more >>>