Edinburgh Fringe and London smash-hit improvised show Austentatious celebrates Jane Austen’s 245th birthday with a Monday-night residency at the West End’s Fortune Theatre. Austentatious sees a group of the UK’s sharpest comic performers improvise a ‘lost’ Austen novel, taking the title from audience suggestions. Previous titles have included Mansfield Shark and Double O Darcy.
The Woman in Black
As one of the West End's longest running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences for over 30 years at the Fortune Theatre London. Based on the novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black has also been made into a terrifying blockbuster film, starring Daniel Radcliffe. In the intimate setting of the Fortune Theatre, two actors create the story of lawyer Arthur Kipps, who travels to the abandoned, haunted Eel Marsh House on business. A masterpiece of unsettling atmosphere and frightening sudden shocks, there's nothing else quite like it in the West End, and it's no wonder it continues to draw a full house year after year.
Box Office Contacts
|Box Office:||+44 (0) 844 871 7626|
|Access Booking:||+44 (0) 800 912 6971|
|Group Booking:||020 7206 1174|
|Stage Door:||020 7010 7900|
HistoryBuilt 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 hosted a Monday night residency of Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen novel.