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St Martin's Theatre

Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°07′39″W / 51.512778°N 0.1275°W / 51.512778; -0.1275
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St. Martin's Theatre
St. Martin's Theatre in 2010
AddressWest Street
London, WC2
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′46″N 0°07′39″W / 51.512778°N 0.1275°W / 51.512778; -0.1275
Public transitLondon Underground Leicester Square
OwnerLord Willoughby de Broke and Stephen Waley-Cohen
DesignationGrade II listed
TypeWest End theatre
ProductionThe Mousetrap (since 25 March 1974)
Opened23 November 1916; 107 years ago (1916-11-23)
ArchitectW. G. R. Sprague
The Mousetrap official website

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 owned by the present Lord Willoughby de Broke and his family.

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.[1][2] The producer was the impresario Charles B. Cochran, who took a 21-year lease on the new theatre.[3]

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 which starred Marius Goring for a long run as Andrew Wyke.

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 has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England since March 1973.[4] In March 1974 Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap transferred from the Ambassadors to the St Martin's, where it continued its run until 16 March 2020 when the show had to be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, holding the record for the longest continuously running show in the world. On 17 May 2021, the show was the first West End show to re-open[5] and as of October 2022 has exceeded 26,000 performances at the St Martin's.


  1. ^ "A Cosy New Theatre", in The Times, 24 November 1916, p. 11
  2. ^ Wearing, J. P., The London stage, 1910–1919: a calendar of plays and players, vol. 1 (Scarecrow Press, 1982)
  3. ^ Cochran, Charles Blake. The Secrets of a Showman (1925), p. 224
  4. ^ Historic England. "St Martin's Theatre (1379186)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  5. ^ "The Mousetrap Official Site - the world's longest running play in the West End".
  • Guide to British Theatres 1750–1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 138–9 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3
  • Who's Who in the Theatre, edited by John Parker, tenth edition, revised, London, 1947, pps: 477–478 and 1184.

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