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St Martin's Theatre London

St Martin's Theatre, London - The Home of The Mousetrap

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.

Plan Your Visit

The St Martin's Theatre auditorium opens around 30 minutes before the performance is due to begin. The box office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There is no set dress code at the St Martin's Theatre. Some patrons take the opportunity to dress up a little, while others wear something more casual and comfortable.
Yes, there is air conditioning throughout the St Martin's Theatre.
There is no cloakroom at the St Martin's 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.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time for this to take place.
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.
The St Martin's 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 London Coliseum opened in 1916 and was designed by renowned theatrical architect W. G. R. Sprague, who's other designs include the Wyndham's Theatre and the neighbouring Ambassadors Theatre. The Grade II listed theatre has been the home of The Mousetrap since 1974. Agatha Christie's play holds the record for the longest continuously running show in the world.

Help Booking Tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please have your confirmation email and a form of ID to hand.
The St Martin's Theatre box office is open from 10am until 8pm on performance days for in-person bookings and collection.
The St Martin's Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 020 7836 1443.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
It is not currently possible to hire the St Martin's Theatre for corporate events and private functions.
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