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.