St Martins Theatre
Mousetrap marathons at St. Martins Theatre
Since 1974, St. Martins Theatre has been the stage of The Mousetrap, making it the longest running production of any musical, play or opera in the world. Like many of its West End counterparts, St. Martins has been running a long time itself too. Check out this classic theatre, over 100 years old, by buying or selling St. Martins Theatre tickets through StubHub today!
Wartime opening under Charles B. Cochran
Designed by the acclaimed theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague - who has the Aldwych Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre to his name - St. Martins was built as one of a pair alongside the Ambassadors Theatre, which is situated on the same street. The Ambassadors, however, opened three years earlier in 1913. The opening of St. Martins was delayed due to the outbreak of World War I. It wasn't until 1916 that St. Martins staged its debut production: the fabulous 'Houp La!', an Edwardian comedic musical spectacular starring Gertie Millar. Produced by impresario Charles B. Cochran, who also took out a 21-year lease on the theatre, the run lasted for just a three-month period, despite a high-end cast and critical acclaim, before moving to Manchester. Many successful shows came through St. Martins throughout the early 1900s, as well as a whole host of celebrated British actors, such as Basil Rathbone and Henry Daniell. Bertie Meyer and his son Ricky took over the theatre from Cochran a few years before 'The Mousetrap' arrived in 1974, where record-breaking theatre history would begin. For St. Martins Theatre tickets, use StubHub to buy or sell right now!
Mystifying audiences with The Mousetrap
The Agatha Christie murder mystery 'The Mousetrap' opened in the West End in 1952 at St. Martins' sister theatre, until it was transferred there in March 1974. The classic play is set in the grand Monkswell Manor, which owners and newly-married couple Mollie and Giles Ralston have converted into a guest house. As they prepare for the arrival of their very first guests, it is announced on the radio that there has been a murder. A unique selection of characters arrive at the manor, including an unexpected one, who claims to have crashed his car nearby in the increasingly violent blizzard outside. Mollie is informed that a police officer will be visiting the manor regarding the murder, and suspicions between the guests begin to grow. The tale grows into a mystery like no other, although the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal who the murderer is at the end of the show, so you'll have to see it to find out! Grab St. Martins Theatre tickets today, they're up and ready to buy and sell on StubHub!
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