The Fortune Theatre, once so succinctly described as ‘This most intimate of theatres’ first opened to the public on Saturday 8 November 1924.
Built on the site of the old Albion Tavern, it was the first London theatre to be built after World War I. World War II even saw the venue being used by ENSA, the concert party corp of the Forces. Since then of course, 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 Fortune was also home to the ground-breaking revue from Cambridge, Beyond The Fringe twith 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. The theatre and the show celebrated 5000 performances in July 2001 with a huge party, which was held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium!