St Martin’s Theatre

Location: West Street

Currently Showing: The Mousetrap

Access: Leicester Square

Stage Door:  Tower Court (turn right twice out of main entrance)

Ownership: Stephen Waley-Cohen and Lord Willoughby de Broke

Social Media: Twitter


The St Martin’s Theatre opened on 23rd November 1916 as a twin theatre to the neighbouring Ambassadors Theatre.  The construction of the St Martin’s Theatre was delayed by the outbreak of World War I.

The theatre’s first production was La Houpla! The producer of this show, Charles B Cochon, took a 21-year lease on the theatre.

Over the coming years, the theatre was home to Hugh Williams’ The Grass is Greener, John Mortimer’s The Wrong Side of the Park, and the 1970 thriller, Sleuth.

In 1974, the record-breaking play, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, opened here after transferring from the Ambassadors Theatre.  The production is still running at this venue and celebrated its 25,000th performance on 18th November 2012.

Visiting Information

The St Martin’s Theatre is located on West Street, opposite the Ambassadors Theatre.  Shaftesbury Avenue is a short distance away, which is home to six theatres (Apollo, Lyric, Gielgud, Queen’s, Shaftesbury and Palace).

Leicester Square and Covent Garden are ten minutes’ walk away, where there are many bars, cafes and restaurants with outdoor space, which are perfect in the summer.  Piccadilly Circus is ten minutes’ walk from the theatre. Regent and Oxford Street are excellent for shopping.

Our favourite nearby restaurants

  • Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced
  • 21 – Covent Garden, pizza, not too expensive for restaurants in Covent Garden
  • Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced, wide ranging menu
  • The Terrace – Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly, British cuisine, expensive, classy experience

Seating Tips

The premium seats can be found in rows E to G in the Stalls only. Most of the other seats, in rows B to K of the Stalls, almost the entire Dress Circle (excluding the back row) and the front three rows of the Upper Circle, are available for around £50 and have an excellent view.

The back three rows of the Stalls, the back row of the Dress Circle, and the back four of the Upper Circle have a discounted price because the view is compromised.

Where to buy tickets

The St Martin’s Theatre is independently owned.  The best place to buy tickets is through the Mousetrap website – – where you will buy tickets at face value with a booking fee.