The Fortune Theatre is a 432-seat West End theatre on Russell Street, near Covent Garden, in the City of Westminster.HistoryThe site was acquired by author, playwright and impresario Laurence Cowen, and had previously been the location of the old Albion Tavern, a public house that was frequented by Georgian and Victorian actors. The theatre is situated next to Crown Court Church, and dwarfed by the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on the opposite side of the road.Cowen commissioned architect Ernest Schaufelberg to design the theatre in an Italianate style. Constructed from 1922 to 1924, it was the first theatre to be built in London after the end of the First World War. One of the first buildings in London to experiment with concrete, its façade is principally made of bush hammered concrete, with brick piers supporting the roof. Since the demolition of the original Wembley Stadium, the theatre is now the oldest remaining public building designed wholly using concrete as a textured and exposed façade. The theatre's famous figurine, Terpsichore (perched high above the entrance) was sculpted by M. H. Crichton of the Bromsgrove Guild, a noted company of artisans from Worcestershire. The theatre is entered through bronze double doors, and internally there is a foyer of grey and red marble, with a beaten copper ticket booth.Put Fortune Theatre into our London online sightseeing planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in London.
Fortune Theatre Reviews
Came here to see The Woman in Black, and (as an educated man who's been to lots of theater) cannot understand why anybody enjoyed (or would enjoy) this show. It was so poorly written, the plot, the te... more »
i couldn't get in with my friend in a wheelchair. when i got in my spanish friend got pushed onto her seat by a young man that worked there. he then shouted at her saying can you understand me because... more »
Old but small, and cosy. Production was very good. Richard Hope was delightful and most enjoyable adding a new dimension to a play I've seen many times. If you haven't seen Woman in Black I suggest you do.
We came here tonight to watch The Woman in Black and what a performance! We had heard good things about the show but nothing compared to seeing it in person. It was absolutely fantastic. The staff were all cheery and happy to help, the actors were fantastic and it was a decent sized venue. We were in the upper circle at the barrier and the bar did get in the way somewhat but that was mentioned before booking. Well worth a go, and the tickets were cheap for London at 25 a head!
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