Reversal of Fortune

Fortune Theatre plaqueDecember 9th –  On this day in 1621, the Fortune Theatre, built by “Good Master” Edward Alleyn in 1600, burnt down.  The site of the theatre is marked by a plaque on Fortune Street.  Both the theatre and Alleyn are commemorated in a stained glass window in the church of St Giles Cripplegate (pictured below).

Window in St Giles Cripplegate showing the Fortune Theatre and Edward Alleyn

The Fortune Theatre (left) and the actor Edward Alleyn (centre), St Giles Cripplegate

Readers interested in further information on the theatre and on the contemporary scene are referred to Julian Bowsher’s excellent recent book entitled “Shakespeare’s London Theatreland” (Museum of London Archaeology, 2012).

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