The Fortune Theatre was built
Building work for the Fortune Theatre began in 1922 under the management of Laurence Cowan, who commissioned the architect Ernest Schaufelberg. It was named as the Fortune Theatre after Shakespeare's venue which was destroyed in a fire in 1621. It's one of the West End's youngest theatres and the first to be built after World War I. The architecture is simple and clean, built in unusual ferro-concrete with a statue of the Goddess of Fortune gazing down over the entrance like a ship's figure head. The theatre was built on the site of the old Albion Tavern, a pub frequented by Georgian actors. It is close neighbours with the infamous Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Scottish National Church.