Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Edinburgh Fringe and London smash-hit improvised show Austentatious celebrates Jane Austen’s 243rd birthday with a Monday-night residency at the West End’s Fortune Theatre.

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Fortune Theatre, London


Built after the First World War between the years 1922-1924, the venue originally opened as the Fortune Thriller Theatre with a production of Laurence Cowen's Sinners (1924).

During the Second World War, the Fortune Theatre was host to the Entertainment National Service Association, who were entertainers from the armed forces drawn to boost war time moral. Performances from the ENSA included John Galsworthy's first ever play, The Silver Box (1931).

Across the years, the venue has hosted stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde and Maureen Lipman, bringing productions such as Beyond the Fringe and Nunsense (1987) to the stage.

Since 1989, the Fortune Theatre has hosted Susan Hill's creepy thriller The Woman in Black, drawing in audiences from around the world. In 2012, the play was adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, sparking new interest in the stage show. It is said that the venue hosts its very own cloaked figure, which prowls the halls of the venue...

In 2019, the theatre will host a Monday night residency of Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen novel. 

Past Shows

TWIB Small
The Woman in Black
(closed 26 Sep 2020)