Why See The Mousetrap?
A true west end tradition!
In 1952, Agatha Christie's sprawling and intricate new whodunnit, The Mousetrap (based on her radio play, Three Blind Mice), opened in the West End on a very strict condition; no audience or press member was to ever give away the plot of the show!
Christie herself was not altogether positive as to the play's run, giving it eight months 'at most', so perhaps her edict seemed fair at the time. But it is a testament to theatre audiences that The Mousetrap has endured at St. Martin's Theatre, continually running for 66 years (and counting), playing over 25,000 performances to amateur sleuths from all over the world.
Six decades have done nothing to dull The Mousetrap, the story of an odd assortment of guests snowed in at Monkswell Manor, whilst a murderer is at large and en-route. But could they be already here? When bodies start showing up, it's up to the stranded troupe to solve the mystery, before they become a part of it?
Did you know?
Wonder why you haven't seen the film? The secrecy around the plot wasn't the only condition laid down by Dame Agatha. A film adaptation is only allowed six months after the West End production closes, and given that it has been going strong for over 60 years without any sign of ending, that doesn't look all that likely any time soon!
Opening night: 25 March 1974
The Mousetrap is recommended age for children is 12 years and up. Young children are admitted but not encouraged unless the parent is confident that the child is old enough to be attentive to the performance and not a distraction for other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy infants.
Two hours 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission
Cast and Creative
Karen Archer as Mrs Boyle
Simon Haines as Christopher Wren
Jamie Hutchins as Detective-Sergeant Trotter
Christopher Knott as Major Metcalf
Hannah Lee as Miss Casewell
Simon Roberts as Mr. Paravicini
Tom Rooke as Giles Ralston
Kirsten Hazel Smith as Mollie Ralston
Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Hugh Ross
What you thought
9 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)
Lovely quaint theatre excellent actors /actresses truly didn't work out... more
I'm not a huge fan of Christie, but this play delivered. It was much fun,... more
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