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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
St Martins Theatre
The longest running West End show The Mousetrap is here.
Location: West Street, Cambridge Circus, Covent Garden
Description: Since March 1974 the St Martin's Theatre has been the home of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, more than half of its record breaking run!
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.
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.
Originally intended to be one of a pair with the adjacent Ambassadors which opened in 1913, the St Martin's debut was delayed by the outbreak of the Great War.
The first performance, Houpla, a comedy with music, took place on 23rd November 1916. It has also staged plays by John Galsworthy, Frederick Lonsdale and Noel Coward amongst others.
This beautiful building is one of the few West End theatres that is still privately owned.