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The Mousetrap
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The Mousetrap

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After all these years this dark whodunnit still has the power to thrill.
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About The Mousetrap

Can you solve the Agatha Christie whodunnit? Discover why millions of people have turned detective at The Mousetrap in London. Book The Mousetrap tickets on TodayTix today.

The Mousetrap London play isn’t just a piece of theatre. It’s a British institution. Since opening at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, The Mousetrap continues 70 years on as the world’s longest-running play. The Agatha Christie offers a mixture of 1950s drawing-room comedy and murder mystery.

Even though it’s the oldest West End show with 1950s characters, The Mousetrap is still relevant. London Theatre praised Agatha Christie’s skillful writing, saying: “the characters are vivid and they interact amongst themselves with macabre amusement.”

But what’s a murder mystery without a murderer? London Theatre hinted that “there are enough false clues to keep you guessing and a few hidden ones.” Audiences are encouraged to keep the secrets and not tell anyone the murderer’s identity. So the only way you’ll be part of this theatre history is to see The Mousetrap live.

The Mousetrap play is set at Monkswell Manor, a newly-opened guesthouse. The residents become snowed in with no means of contacting anyone from the outside world. News on the radio reveals that a woman has been murdered, and a note is found attached to her body. As the guests become more suspicious of each other, it becomes clear that no one is quite what they seem. Will the murderer be revealed before they target their next victim?

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Tell Me More

Agatha Christie’s the most-read British female writer of all time, with an estimated 4 billion copies sold. Add that to The Mousetrap’s record-breaking West End run, and it’s fair to say that Agatha Christie changed the English language.

The Mousetrap play was written as a gift for Queen Mary’s 80th birthday in 1947. Agatha Christie then gave her grandson, Mathew Pritchard, the rights to the play for his ninth birthday. As part of The Mousetrap's rights, the show will be allowed to be adapted into a film six months after the show closes.

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What to Watch For:

  • Look out for the wooden sign at the entrance to St. Martin's Theatre — it tallies up the number of performances to date and will let you know which performance of this record-breaking show you are attending.
  • Pay thanks to Christie at the Agatha Christie monument on Cranbourn Street, just a few second's walk from St. Martin's Theatre.
  • The clock above the fireplace in the main hall is the same clock that was used on opening night in 1952.
  • In 2012, a star-studded cast including Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, and Tamsin Greig took part in a one-off performance of The Mousetrap.
  • Former cast members have given record-breaking contributions. One of the original cast members, David Guyler, provided the prerecorded voice of the newsreader in the shop.
  • David Raven is in the Guiness Book of Records as the “Most Durable Actor” having performed 4,575 performances as Major Metcalf. The late Nancy Seabrooke also holds a record for an impressive 15 years as an understudy in The Mousetrap.
Run time

2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Start date

October 6th, 1952

Genre

Plays

Venue

St. Martin's Theatre

Age

Recommended age: 7+. Children under school age will not be permitted entry. Under 16yo must be accompanied by an adult. All children must have their own ticket.

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