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St Martin's Theatre London

About the St Martin's Theatre

The St Martin's Theatre was built as a pair with the Ambassadors Theatre and opened in 1916. Tucked away in the Seven Dials area of the West End, the intimate venue was designed by renowned theatre architect W. G. R. Sprague in an English Georgian style. English Heritage gave the theatre a Grade II listing in 1973. The first production at the theatre was the world premiere of Edwardian musical comedy Houp La! starring Gertie Miller, one of the West End's most prominent performers in the early 20th century.

The St Martin's Theatre is best known for being the home of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, which holds the record for being the longest-running play in the world with over 28,000 performances taking place. It is one of two Agatha Christie dramas currently running in London along with Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall. The Mousetrap first opened in London at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, where it played for over 20 years before transferring to the St Martin's in 1974, and continues to play today. The play's 70th anniversary was marked with an extensive UK tour in 2022-23.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open from 10am until 8pm on performance days for in-person bookings and collection.
The theatre auditorium opens around 30 minutes before the performance is due to begin.
There is a bar on each level of the auditorium, serving a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, alongside confectionery, snacks and ice cream. The Dress Circle Bar opens 45 minutes before the show starts, and the Stalls and Upper Circle Bars open 30 minutes before the performance.
There is no cloakroom at the theatre, patrons should only bring small bags and items that will fit underneath your seat in the auditorium. Stasher is a luggage storage company in London where you can store your larger bags and suitcases in a range of approved shops and businesses for a small fee. There are several Stasher locations within a few minutes walk of the theatre.
Yes, there is air conditioning throughout the theatre.
The theatre is located a very short walk from Seven Dials, and only a 10-minute walk from Leicester Square and Soho. Try some authentic Neapolitan pizza at Rossopomodoro, which is just around the corner from the theatre on Monmouth Street. Alternatively, book a table in advance and enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at The Ivy, which is across the road from the St Martin's Theatre.
The hub by Premier Inn is a 10-minute walk from the theatre and offers a range of smart, affordable rooms in the heart of London's West End. If you're looking to make your trip to the London Coliseum extra-special, spend the night at the five-star St Martin's Lane Hotel, which is a five minute walk from the theatre.
The box office can be contacted directly on 020 7836 1443.
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