Fortune Theatre
Fortune Theatre
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Tuesday
1:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Thursday
1:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Friday
6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Saturday
2:30 PM - 8:15 PM
About
One of Covent Garden’s smallest venues, the Fortune Theatre instils a sense of both atmosphere and intimacy. Providing guests with some of the best seats in theatre, the stage brings the West End up close. Built in 1924, the Fortune has seen many stars tread the boards, from Dame Judi Dench to Alan Bennett and beyond! Since 1989, the Fortune Theatre has been home to the enigmatic and brilliant production of The Woman in Black. Tickets are available to book from our online box office.
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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk
  • Holborn • 6 min walk
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  • LondonFamily88
    London, United Kingdom1,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see Operation Mincemeat
    Who would have thought that this story could be turned successfully into a musical? Amazingly, someone did, and it was good! Quaint theatre, narrow legroom, proper glasses for your drinks (eco & sustainable), and friendly service.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,021 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Operation Mincemeat let down by the location
    Is this theatre intimate or cramped? Third row up in the Dress Circle and the leg room was the worst I had ever experienced in a theatre. I was at the end of the row and couldn't even move my legs to swing them into the aisle. The fabric and support of the seat itself was fine however and there was a good view of the stage. The whole place looked grimy and the designated bar was minute although the single staff member friendly enough. In fact you can order drinks at your seat - at least before the performance starts. Operation Mincemeat saved the day. The choreography was amazing with the performers playing many different parts with dancing. It is really a comedy and farce combined although quite serious at the end. It deserves to do well but the songs do not have the catchiness of major West End hits. It is best to know something about the story as some of the lines are hard to follow and the print in the programme is tiny and difficult to read in the half light.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • RgL
    10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Operation Mincemeat
    Loved the Venue, but Operation Mincemeat was a real disappointment. The performers were very good and gave it their all but it just wasn't really very funny. Was so excited based on all the online reviews and ready for a riotous night, and it just didn't meet expectations, although clearly it has a huge fan base and many in the audience have been back time and time again. Just was not for us.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Graeme W
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Mincemeat
    Firstly to thank the box office guy who saved us when we arrived - by mistake- one day too early for the show. The show was very funny,excellently performed and cleverly staged. It was a gender bending reinterpretation of ‘The Man who Never Was’ played for laughs without the stiff upper lips of the film. 5*
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • swearingdad
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Operation Mincemeat - Original & Very Funny
    Went to see Operation Mincemeat and I have to say it was a riot, very funny, totally original (for a change for the West End) and it even managed to pull on the old heartstrings. With an inventive set and small but brilliant cast, if you like Jerry Springer the Opera, or Book of Mormon, then this will be right up your street. We sat in the stalls at the Fortune Theatre, plenty of leg room for me (I am 6ft 2in) though the filter facilities are a joke and the bar had run out of all manner of items. However, don't let that put you off, this is one of the best shows I have ever seen and I highly recommend it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Nicola W
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for tall people, but a stunning theatre.
    Stunning theatre, seeped in history. But...there is NO leg room!! It was very painful for a 2.5 hour show. Also, I get you're inLondon but £2.50 for a 330 ml can of pop is taking the Michael..! Plus side, staff were lovely and enthusiastic. They welcomed us warmly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Sarah B
    Guildford, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theatre good , show not so
    4 stars for the theatre....not for the show. Unfortunately as we have seen the film, we (especially my husband) really didn't like it. Sadly we were recommended this by a friend but really didn't find it funny, even though I get its supposed to be a comedy. The theatre is small but intimate with great air conditioning on the hottest day of the year. We just did not enjoy the show and left at half time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • david
    Pinner, United Kingdom20 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show, poor facilities
    We loved Operation Mincemeat! Brilliantly done, funny, good songs, great cast etc. but leg room is non-existent (we were in the dress circle) and hardly any toilet facilities resulted in long queues. Shame as the show was very enjoyable
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Caroline V
    London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best musicals I’ve ever seen.
    Amazing night. One of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. Loved everything about it. The cast were incredible. Great singing, costume changes, acting and dancing. Wasn’t expecting it to be so funny. The 5 strong cast have so many lines and choreography to learn to that I was in awe. Would definitely see again. You have to concentrate to hear all the lyrics as you don’t want to miss the comedy. Loved the fact that it was based on a true event.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 3, 2023
  • OxonLioness
    369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Operation Mincemeat 5* show, 4* venue
    Operation Mincemeat was brilliant - 5* show. The venue was a fairly typical old theatre. Seats were very uncomfortable with little leg room. My view was also quite badly obstructed (Upper Circle C5) by an additional safety barrier rail. I had to bend down a lot of the performance to see the actors faces. This wasn’t made clear when I booked.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,048 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I had reserved a ticket online to see the dark and ghostly play, "The Woman in Black". I found the Fortune Theatre off Covent Garden quite easily and earlier in the evening than planned. But some of the audience were trickling in and I made my way up to the tiny Dress Circle bar for a drink. I forked out over 8 quid for a bottle of German styled lager type beer brewed in Camden, North London. The young man behind the bar was polite and friendly and happy to chat when not serving other guests.

When we got the calls prior to the show starting I gingerly made my way to my seat in the 2nd row up in the Dress circle. It's certainly true that this is a very small and intimate theatre. But, my goodness, for normal sized adults the legroom was awful. Just like sitting in the back of a cheap discount airline. I really spent the whole performance crunched up, unable to move and started to worry about deep vein thrombosis risks. Only the intermission provided some relief - oh, and then I was lucky enough to find a disabled restroom which didn't appear to have been discovered by the crowds. Which reminds me - there is no cloakroom so any large coats or, heaven forbid, bags have to be accommodated within your miniscule seat space. How some people managed it I just don't know.

This review is all about the theatre - not the excellent two man show (well, there is a woman in black as well) but she didn't even get to join in the curtain calls at the end. So my review is focused on the theatre, which while it is very quaint, just isn't set up for a comfortable evening for normal sized adults. Sorry.
Written February 6, 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My wife and myself - together with two other family members - paid our first visit last night to the Fortune Theatre in Russell Street to see Operation Mincemeat.

The property itself is relatively small and dated but the staff were most accommodating and I thoroughly enjoyed the Show which was very impressively performed with 5 actors carrying out multiple roles. Whilst
not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, I would certainly recommend people to go along with an open mind and enjoy themselves!
Written March 8, 2024
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Bluebellknoll000
Edinburgh, UK440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Absolutely loved this compact theatre in Covent Garden. We booked tickets last minute, and everything about it was so easy. The bar didn’t seem particularly crowded and we could pre-order half time drinks. We were allowed to take glasses into the production, the stage was easy to see from all angles and the acoustics were perfect. The acting was really fantastic and the play kept us engaged from start to finish. Because the theatre is very small, it felt quite intimate, with a lot responding from the audience. It was just a really lovely atmosphere. The only down side was that the ladies’ loo are absolutely tiny. It was a squeeze to get past people on the way in and out and there isn’t room to swing a cat. Apart from that, just perfect. Loved it.
Written September 25, 2022
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Trip21426095186
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Terrible theatre. Price (£90) the same throughout the whole theatre despite in the majority of seats you are unable to see the stage properly. The most I've spent on a play and sadly the worst experience. I would avoid until they change theatre or change pricing for bad seats.

Further more ATG and the theatre have not responding to questions and advice for over 30 days. Very disappointed in the customer service

The play of what I saw was a weird but wonderful spin on a piece of British ww2 history.
Written December 13, 2023
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Mandy B
Bromley, UK34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Operation mincemeat is an excellent show - the actors are hugely talented swapping characters seamlessly. Very clever and they work so hard. The theatre is very cosy so gives a intimate atmosphere. However the amenities are disappointingly poor. 2 ladies cubicles for the whole of the stalls and the cubicles were tiny! Nearly missed the start of the performance as the queue to use the toilets was so long. I was told there were more facilities upstairs - they were equally as poor ! It’s really not fair that is ladies have to spend our interval anxiously queueing to use the toilet whilst our male friends are able to pop to the toilet (in a matter of minutes) and enjoy a leisurely drink. I appreciate the théâtre is old but surely there must be a way to add more toilet facilities so that everyone is happy and comfortable?
Written November 19, 2023
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Pritika
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I did not enjoy the performance at all. For context, this was my 8th play/ musical and I was sorely disappointed. I'd been looking forward to watching but wish I hadn't booked. There was absolutely nothing that stood out. The acting, sets, music were all quite average. The humor was kiddish. The plot was interesting but I don't like the way the musical dealt with it. I feel like I get my money's worth when watching the Lion King, Frozen, Book of Mormon or even Play that goes wrong. This, sadly, felt like a waste of money. I wish I could get a refund because I really feel it was not worth what I paid.
Written February 29, 2024
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EffieMew123
Austin, TX57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This theater is small, but intimate and lovely. I saw the Woman in Black there with a couple friends, and the staff were friendly and helpful, even letting us move seats so we were closer to the front during the intermission because there were some empty seats. The experience was very intimate as mentioned, and even prior to moving our seats, our "cheaper ones" were good enough that we could see details of the actors faces (and our tickets were only about $20 USD). I really enjoyed the show; I have been to Her Majesty's Theater to see Phantom of the Opera in the past even and I felt like the quality of the show experience was comparable.
Written April 30, 2022
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Nicola W
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stunning theatre, seeped in history. But...there is NO leg room!! It was very painful for a 2.5 hour show.

Also, I get you're inLondon but £2.50 for a 330 ml can of pop is taking the Michael..!

Plus side, staff were lovely and enthusiastic. They welcomed us warmly.
Written August 20, 2023
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RgL
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Loved the Venue, but Operation Mincemeat was a real disappointment. The performers were very good and gave it their all but it just wasn't really very funny. Was so excited based on all the online reviews and ready for a riotous night, and it just didn't meet expectations, although clearly it has a huge fan base and many in the audience have been back time and time again. Just was not for us.
Written July 15, 2023
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JohnNB64
London, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very entertaining show with a cast of just 5 and Natasha Hodgson very funny as Ewen Montague. Sharp script and fairly galloped along. Only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is the venue, the Fortune Theatre. Others have already touched on it, but the seating makes for a miserable experience. No idea what it’s like in the Stalls, but up in the Circle the lack of legroom borders on farcical. If you’re anywhere over about 5ft 9’, you’ll give up, like me and a dozen or more others did, and go and stand up at the back and watch it, which when you’ve shelled out £60 and you’re out for an evening with friends or family, is a pretty unsociable thing to have to do.
Written January 3, 2024
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