A complete guide to the Fortune Theatre in London

By | Posted on 07-Feb-2020

A complete guide to the Fortune Theatre in London

Tucked away down one of London’s side streets, the Fortune Theatre‘s an intimate West End venue, best known as the home of The Woman in Black. If you’re visiting London and want to learn more about the Fortune, or seeing The Woman in Black, you’ll want to read our guide to the venue before going to the theatre.

Guide to London’s Fortune Theatre in the West End

Where is the Fortune Theatre?

The Fortune Theatre is located on Russell Street (WC2B 5HH) in London. Located in the West End, it’s opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, as well as being close to theatres in Covent Garden including the Lyceum Theatre.

How do I get to the Fortune Theatre?

The Fortune Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten to fifteen-minute walk along the Strand and through Covent Garden to the theatre. But on this walk, you’ll be able to see West End theatres including the Adelphi and the Savoy on your way.

Travelling to the Fortune by bus? The following routes will drop you off near the theatre:

Aldwych: 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188

Can I travel to the Fortune Theatre by tube?

If you’re travelling to the Fortune Theatre via the London Underground, the nearest tube station is Covent Garden. Covent Garden is on the Piccadilly line. Other tube stations near the Fortune include Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly) and Holborn (Central and Piccadilly).

When did the Fortune Theatre open?

The Fortune Theatre opened in 1924, however the central London site has been home to theatres since 1610, making it one of the stagiest spots in the capital. Built with help by Laurence Cowen, his play Sinners was the first production put on at the Fortune. But, it’s also seen radio performances and those in the armed forces take to the stage.

What show is currently at the Fortune Theatre?

Fortune Theatre

The Woman in Black is currently at the Fortune Theatre, where it has played in the West End since 1989. Based on Susan Hill’s famous ghost story, just two actors star in The Woman in Black, as a lawyer hires an actor to relive his past experiences in order to rid his demons. If you’ve never seen this classic play in London, then what are you waiting for? Book your The Woman in Black tickets now.

How many seats are inside the Fortune Theatre?

Did you know that the Fortune Theatre has 432 seats, making it the third-smallest West End theatre? There’s three seating levels, as well as boxes, but the auditorium includes 189 stalls seats, 106 dress circle seats and 124 upper circle seats.

Booking The Woman in Black tickets with Encore Tickets? When selecting your seats, you’ll be able to see every seat that’s available with our interactive seating plans. See every seat for your desired performance, as well as exclusive offers on performances, meaning you can book the best seats in the house.

Where should I sit at the Fortune Theatre?

Fortune Theatre

As one of the capital’s smallest theatres, every seat inside the Fortune Theatre will offer spectacular views of Eel Marsh House, so you can join Arthur Kipps and the Actor on their ghoulish adventure into the unknown. But, if you’re wanting the best chances to come close to the “woman in black”, consider booking aisle seats in the stalls, marked on the seating plan. We’re not revealing any spoilers, but you’ll have to hold your nerve…

Want to make sure you’re not picked on? Why not book seats in the dress circle or upper circle. Even though there’s not that much legroom, you’ll want to be sitting upright so you don’t miss a moment of the action.

Looking to stretch your legs while in your seat? Why not book seat G6 in the dress circle. As an aisle seat, you’ll be able to swivel your legs, getting rid of any cramped feeling while watching The Woman in Black.

Still don’t know where to sit when you’re at the Fortune? Learn all about the different types of seating at a theatre with our complete guide

What restaurants are near the Fortune Theatre?

Want to eat at a restaurant before or after seeing The Woman in Black? Reserve your table at a restaurant near the Fortune Theatre, including some of our favourite places to eat at, which are listed below. 


RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron Covent GardenThey make proper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap for maximum flavour.5:30pm
Maxwell’s Bar and GrillThey are serving mouth-watering American classics including Burgers, Steaks, Ribs, Fajitas, Wings and their famous Freakshakes.12:00pm/5:30pm/10:30pm
Sophie’s SteakhouseThis ‘back-to-basics’ approach to cooking showcases locally sourced vegetables and fish – along with their famous British beef.5:30pm