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St. Martins Theatre, London

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St Martin's Theatre is a West End theatre which has staged the production of The Mousetrap since March 1974, making it the longest continuous run of any show in the world.

The theatre is located in West Street, near Shaftesbury Avenue, in the West End of London. It was designed by W. G. R. Sprague as one of a pair of theatres, along with the Ambassadors Theatre, also in West Street. Richard Verney, 19th Baron Willoughby de Broke, together with B. A. (Bertie) Meyer, commissioned Sprague to design the theatre buildings. Although the Ambassadors opened in 1913, construction of the St Martin's was delayed by the outbreak of the First World War. The theatre is still part-owned by the present Lord Willoughby de Broke, with Stephen Waley-Cohen.

The first production at the St Martin's was the spectacular Edwardian musical comedy Houp La!, starring Gertie Millar, which opened on 23 November 1916. The producer was the impresario Charles B. Cochran, who took a 21-year lease on the new theatre.
Many famous British actors passed through the St Martin's. In April 1923 Basil Rathbone played Harry Domain in R.U.R. and in June 1927 Henry Daniell appeared there as Gregory Brown in Meet the Wife. Successes at the theatre included Hugh Williams's play (later a film) The Grass is Greener, John Mortimer's The Wrong Side of the Park, and in 1970 the thriller Sleuth.

After Cochran, Bertie Meyer ran the theatre intermittently until 1967, when his son R. A. (Ricky) Meyer became administrator for the next two decades. The St Martin's was Grade II listed by English Heritage in March 1973.
In March 1974 Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap transferred from the Ambassadors to the St Martin's, where it continues its run today, holding the record for the longest continuously running show in the world. It has exceeded 26,000 performances at the St Martin's.
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  • I last went to St Martins Theatre and saw this play back in 1974 with a group of work colleagues. I was keen to see it again more than 50 years later. So I did! I remembered the scene setting and...  more »
  • Never been before, very old and atmospheric. Leg room is a bit tight for taller people but as long as you book an aisle seat it's all ok.  more »
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  • Mousetrap is a must see play and the theatre itself has a lot of character with a vintage decor. Staff was polite and helpful. Although, when checking online a lot of seats might appear booked, not everyone actually makes to see the play and you can get a better seat than you originally booked.
  • Excellent play, was gripped throughout, theatre was quaint. We had seats in row g which was an aisle row, perfect as you could stretch your legs right out once the performance had started. Thought the acting was brilliant and whodunnit? I've sworn to keep the "secret" 😊

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