Located on West Street in Covent Garden (across the way from the ever popular celebrity restaurant The Ivy) is the very unique and delightful ´St Martin's Theatre´.
Designed by WGR Sprage along with its next door neighbour the New Ambassadors Theatre, St Martins opened a little later then its companion, due to the beginning of WWI, raising its curtains in November 1916. St Martin's Theatre is without a doubt the most unique West End theatre of the many that reside in London's ´theatreland´.
Described from the very beginning as ¨a very cosy and discreet little place¨, its classic frontage along with the dark polished wood and red velvet interio, make St Martin's Theatre a warm and special theatre experience.
This theatre has hosted several notable productions including JB Priestley's 1938 premiere opening of ´When We Are Married´. Following this was St Martin's ´super sleuth / thriller´ theatrical history, with Edward Percy's murderous production ´The Shop at Sly Corner´ opening in 1945 and ´Sleuth´, the thriller by Anthony Shaffer, beginning its successful three year run in 1970.
The exceptional Dame Agatha Christie once wrote a 30 minute radio play for the 80th birthday of the late Queen Mary titled ´Three Blind Mice´. She later wrote a theatrical script expanding on this, naming the new play ´The Mousetrap´. After first opening in November 1952, the production transferred to St Martin's Theatre in March 1974 after almost 22 years of playing next door at the New Ambassadors.
This classic play of suspense and murder is a legend in its own right and celebrated 50 years on stage in November 2002 with a special gala performance attended by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Covent Garden or Leicester Square underground stations are the best options for getting to St Martin's Theatre.
When purchasing tickets for mainstream theatre productions, it is important to keep the following in mind. The cheapest way to buy tickets is to buy directly from the theatres´ box office where the show is playing. Or, purchase your tickets from the ´Half Price Ticket Booth´ (AKA ´tkts´) located in Leicester Square, where they sell ´on the day´ tickets for all of the West End shows at a discount rate.
The booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3.30pm. There is a service fee of £2.50 per ticket and a maximum of 4 tickets per person.
Avoid touts hanging about the theatres and any other ticket agencies around the West End that appear a little dodgy as tickets may not be legitimate.
Always ask if your seat is in a restricted viewing area. You can also purchase a theatre and hotel package which saves money all round. However, the best thing to do if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show is to book ahead. You will be guaranteed a good seat, a great view and a fab night out.
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