The treasure of the London West End! St Martin's Theatre is one of the few remaining privately-owned theatres in London thanks to the Willoughby de Broke family and has staged many famous plays since its opening. It opened its doors in 1916 with the spectacular Edwardian musical comedy Houp La!, starring the now-iconic actress Gertie Millar. The St Martin's has also hosted plays penned by the likes of John Galsworthy, Frederick Lonsdale and Noel Coward, including the chilling thriller Sleuth, The Grass is Greener and The Wrong Side of the Park.
But what makes the St Martin’s so famous isn’t so much its humble yet successful beginnings; the theatre holds the record for the longest continuously running show in the world with Agatha Christies’ The Mousetrap, having exceeded 25,000 performances since opening night in 1952 - as long as HRH Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne. In fact, David Raven holds the Guinness Record of 'Most Durable Actor' for his 4575 performances as Major Metcalf. Over its ongoing 60 year run, a whopping 124 miles of shirts were ironed, 403 actors and actresses appeared in the play and over 426 tons of ice cream was sold.
The theater itself became a Grade II listed building in 1973 because of its historic interest; tremendous efforts have been made over the decades to preserve the building, including extensive refurbishment works in the early 2000s, from restorating the woodwork to hanging silk wallpaper and reupholstering the seats.
St Martin's Theatre is located in London’s Theatreland in Covent Garden. It is easily reachable by a dozen bus routes as well as by tube via Tottenham Court Road station (Central line), Covent Garden station (Piccadilly line) and Leicester Square (Northern line).