The Fortune Theatre was built in 1922; the first to be constructed after the end of the war. It looks very different to other West End theatres, being one of the first buildings to have an exposed concrete frontage. Some of its most successful productions have been At the Drop of a Hat in 1957, Beyond The Fringe in 1961, which starred Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and Murder in the Vicarage in 1979.
The theatre has air conditioning and 3 licensed bars. Its small auditorium seats 432 over 3 levels. Good views can be had throughout, apart from the end 2 seats of each row, which suffer from a slight sideline view.
Disabled access is difficult. There is no wheelchair access to the building. Those with limited mobility have a couple of choices. Box A can be entered from Crown Court with one step down into the anteroom and 3 more steps down into the box. Otherwise, an EXIT door on the same street can be used, with 5 steps to the Dress Circle. There are no adapted toilets; the private one next to Box A is the most accessible. The auditorium has a Sennheiser amplification and loop system.
The nearest tube station is Covent Garden (250m). There is an NCP car park at Drury Lane.
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