St Martin's Theatre



  • A London theater built as one of a pair with the AmbassadorsTheatre. The Ambassadors opened in 1913 but the openingof St Martin's was delayed until 1916 because of the outbreak of WorldWar I. Both were designed by the architect William Sprague, who followedthe new classical (neo-Georgian) style rather than the older fashionfor ornate French decor. The façade of St Martin's was damagedduring World War II.

    In 1923 St Martin's was one of the first London theaters tointroduce matinée performances, under the title of 'The PlayboxTheatre'. Arnold Ridley's The Ghost Train was produced in 1925with extraordinary sound effects, and Edward Percy's TheShop at Sly Corner was presented in 1945. Anthony Shaffer's Sleuthopened in 1970 with Anthony Quayle and ran for three years beforetransferring to the Garrick and then the Fortune for a total of 2359performances. The Mousetrap transferred from the Ambassadorsin 1974 and was still running in 2010.