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The Fortune was built on the opposite side of the Thames from the Globe by Philip Henslowe and his actor son-in-law Edward Alleyn. The theatre (for which the original contract and a great deal of other documentation survives) was based on the Globe, but was rectangular on plan with an open tiled roof. Like the Globe, it was timber-framed with plaster infill. The stage was constructed of oak with a canopy.

This building was destroyed by fire in 1621 and replaced two years later by a ‘round brick building’ with a tiled roof. This continued in use after the general Parliamentary prohibition until it was forcibly dismantled in 1649.

Blatherwick considers that the site, if it could be firmly located, would have considerable archaeological potential.

Built / Converted
Dates of use
  • 1600 - 1621: first building on site
  • 1623 - 1649
Current state
Current use
Whitecross Street/Golden Lane, London, Islington, EC1, England
Further details
Other names
  • Owner/Management: The Lord Admiral's Men (and successors) occupied the Fortune from 1600 to c.1618
  • 1599 Owner/Management: Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn, lessees
  • 1600 Design/Construction:
    Peter Streete
    - Architect
  • 1600 Owner/Management: Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn, lessees
  • 1600 - 1621 Use: first building on site
  • 1616 - 1626 Owner/Management: Edward Alleyn; afterwards Dulwich College
  • 1623 Design/Construction: rebuilt on same site but to different form.
    Thomas Wigpitt (bricklayer) and Anthony Jarman (carpenter)
    - Architect
  • 1623 - 1649 Use:
  • Listing
    Not listed
Stage type
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