St. Martin's Theatre, London
Panelled in dark mahogany with burgundy curtains draped over the boxes and cloaking the stage, the auditorium of St Martin’s Theatre puts you into an atmosphere of an old professor’s comfortable study, proven to be the perfect setting for period plays.
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Directions From Tube:
(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s at the right of the fork.
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers:
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38, N41; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
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St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
St. Martin's Theatre
West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
The founder of St Martin’s Theatre, one 19th Baron Willoughby de Broke, was supposedly more interested in hunting and opposing the latest bill in the House of Lords, but he somehow managed to slip into the role of theatre manager with the assistance of a friend, Bertie Meyer. Almost 100 years later, and the theatre is still in the hands of the Willoughby de Brokes, one of the very few still privately owned, as well as having had guidance from the Meyers as late as 1991.
This remarkable family history suits St Martin’s Theatre quite well, as the initial impression it has is being a quiet ‘domestic’ theatre, as it was described upon opening. It suited intimate plays, and seemed a logical choice for transferral of the 1950s parlour-set The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie’s murder mystery play. It moved overfrom its twin next door, Ambassadors Theatre, in 1974.
With 60 years of performances under its belt, The Mousetrap is a London institution, and St Martin’s Theatre has become synonymous with the record-breaking play, now approaching 25,000 performances. The building itself was restored in the late 1990s to its original appearance, so from the outside you can imagine what it was like in London during the Great War.
The theatre’s Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest running play in the world, on stage since 1952 – as long as Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne. That adds up to over 25,000 performances!
It is one of the few privately owned theatres in the West End.
The canopy at the current exterior is a replica of the one built at the theatre in 1916.
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