Fortune Theatre Box Office
Address: Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Directions from Covent Garden:
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres go left on Russell Street, from where the theatre logo can be seen.
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Bus routes: (Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68
Night buses: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Fortune Theatre
Fortune Theatre Information
Charing Cross mainline station is the closest and is approximately 10 minutes walk. Exit the station onto Strand, turn right and continue until you reach Exeter Street – which is more or less opposite the Savoy Hotel – follow Exeter Street round to the right, and continue until you reach Wellington Street. Turn left into Wellington Street, which will bring you to Russell Street. Take a right into Russell Street and the theatre will be on your left-hand side.
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT
St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.
For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
The closest participating car park for the Fortune Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.
The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
To pay your congestion charge online go to https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge?cid=pp020
Whilst the Fortune Theatre is equipped with an infra-red sound amplification system, there are no facilities for wheelchair users to stay in their chairs in the auditorium. The Dress Circle is accessed by only 7 steps and this is the most accessible area of the theatre. Wheelchairs can be stored safely.
Due to the loud sound effects in the auditorium guide dogs are not allowed in during the performance, but theatre staff will be able to tend dogs.
Ladies toilets are available on all levels, with gents toilets on the stalls and upper levels.
In The Area
Cash/ATM - If you are in need of a cash machine before you go to the theatre (don't forget, a lot of theatres only take cash payments at the bar!) there is a Lloyds TSB at the bottom of Covent Garden – on the corner of Henrietta St and Southampton St – near Pizza Hut.
Drinking – Be At One on Russel Street will not only serve you a range of cocktails, it will also teach you how to mix them with their Mixing Masterclasses! The Globe pub at 37 Bow Street also has bistro dining. You can eat and drink at The Marquis of Anglesey next door
Eating – besides eating at the above, you also have the choice of Sagar –Covent Garden for Indian Cuisine at 31 Catherine Street; or Wild Wood at 35-36 Bow St, with an open kitchen and pizza oven.
The Fortune Theatre has several “claims to fame” – it was the first London theatre to be built after WWI; The Woman In Black has been in residence since 1989 and is a legend in the West End and has its own “claim to fame” as the whole play is acted by only two actors; Beyond The Fringe at the Fortune brought together such legendary stars as Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller in this ground-breaking production; and is now the oldest public building which was designed wholly using concrete since the infamous original Wembley Stadium was demolished in 2003.
First opened in 1924 with Sinners which was a very short-run production – only 2 weeks! Since that less than auspicious beginning, the Fortune Theatre has seen infamous actors including Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde and Maureen Lipman, grace the stage.
Prior to 2001 the theatre was privately owned, but at the end of that year the ATG took ownership of the theatre. With seating for only 432 it is one of the smallest theatres in the West End, and the smallest belonging to ATG. Having undergone a refurbishment in 1960 the building became a Grade II Listed building in 1994.
The theatre can, along with other ATG theatres, be hired privately or by corporates and as one of 12 London theatres belonging to the Ambassador Theatre Group is part of their Creative Learning programme.
For more details on the above, please contact the theatre direct.