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Fortune Theatre

Closed until: 20 September 2020

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Sound Amplification:

Induction Loop & Sennheiser Infrared


Mens and Womens throughout. There is no accessible toilet. The private toilet next to Box A is the most accessible.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Access dogs are not allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit, returning them to the owner during the interval and at the end of the performance.


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.

Access from Street to Foyer:

There is step-free access to the Fortune Theatre main entrance, which is located on Russell Street. The Box Office is situated on the right as you enter the theatre Foyer.

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

21 to Stalls, 7 to Dress Circle, 40 to Upper Circle.

Level Access:

Wheelchair users cannot be accommodated, but transfers are available.

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:



Contact the venue:

0844 871 7626 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.


3 licensed bars. Stalls bar 21 steps down from foyer with moveable seats, mezzanine bar 10 steps up from the Dress Circle and another at Upper Circle level. Drinks brought to disabled customers in plastic cups.

Air Conditioned:


Accepts Theatre Tokens:



The Fortune Theatre, once so succinctly described as the ‘most intimate of theatres,’ first opened to the public on Saturday 8 November 1924 and its original charm has not since waned. Located near Covent Garden, it is thought to be the second smallest theatre in the West End with its capacity of 432 spread over three levels. Above the door of the entrance to the theatre stands a famous statue of Terpsichore, one of the Muses of Greek mythology.

Built on the site of the Old Albion Tavern, it was the first London theatre to be built after World War I. During the Second World War, the theatre was used as the venue for ENSA, the concert party corps of the Forces.

The Fortune has seen many celebrated actors and actresses perform on its stage. Amongst the impressive roll call are Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde, and Maureen Lipman. The venue was also home to the ground-breaking revue from Cambridge, Beyond The Fringe, with the original line-up of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan Miller.

The Fortune is most closely associated, of course, with its 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. Interestingly, the show was performed entirely in Japanese for five days in September 2008. This one-off run of performances celebrated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Japan.

The theatre and the show celebrated 5,000 performances in July 2001 with a huge party, which was held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium – though it’s difficult to say whether any ghosts were in attendance!

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.