For the last 42 years the St Martin’s has been the home of The Mousetrap, more than two thirds of its record breaking run!
On 25th November 2012 The Mousetrap celebrated its 60th Birthday, a Diamond Jubilee. Agatha Christie’s great play has been thrilling audiences from around the world for as long as HRH Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne.
During this phenomenal 66 year run there have been no fewer than 474 actors and actresses appearing in the play, 279 understudies, 142 miles of shirts have been ironed and over 500 tons of ice cream sold.
Some cast members are in the Guinness Book of Records, David Raven as the ‘Most Durable Actor’ for 4575 performances as Major Metcalf, and the late Nancy Seabrooke for a record breaking 15 years as an understudy.
The Mousetrap first entered the record books many years ago on 12th April 1958 when it became the longest running show of any kind in the history of British Theatre.
In 2000 the set was replaced for the first time during the run at St Martin’s Theatre, still to the same design as the original. This task was completed over a weekend without the loss of a performance.