The Mousetrap Tickets

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

The Mousetrap

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 formed a new generation of detectives in London, and book The Mousetrap tickets on TodayTix.

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? Get your magnifying glasses at the ready.

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Run time

2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Start date

October 6th, 1952




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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Audiences Say
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting

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Important information

We recommend patrons arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the show start time. 

Please note that the theatre are no longer accepting bags into the theatre cloakrooms.

St Martins Theatre will continue to carry out bag searches and accept there may be some delays to patrons, please be aware that your bags will need to be checked before being seated.

Recommended for ages 12 and over.

The Mousetrap cast and creative team

By: Agatha Christie
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: Mousetrap Productions
Cast list: Madeleine Leslay, Ben Cutler, Gwithian Evans, Josephine Lloyd Welcome, Steve Fortune, Felicity Cant, Stephen Matthews, Jack Elliot Costume: Janet Hudson Holt


St. Martin's Theatre

West Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9NZ
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Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38, N41; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Car park: St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s at the right of the fork.

More information about The Mousetrap

Great Britain produces legendary writers: William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Agatha Christie to name a few. 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 landscape of the English language.

Agatha Christie didn’t think much of The Mousetrap when it first opened though. Christie originally wrote the play for radio, and it later became a play, that at the time, Christie thought would only run for around 8 months. 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.

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.
  • 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 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.

Frequently asked questions

What is The Mousetrap about?

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been entertaining audiences for over a record-breaking seventy years in London's West End. Will you be able to solve this murder mystery? Seven guests at Monkswell Manor become stranded during a blizzard, but they soon discover that it is the least of their worries.

What is the running time of The Mousetrap?

The Mousetrap runs for 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval .

Which theatre is The Mousetrap at?

The Mousetrap is at the St. Martin's Theatre, which is located in London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9NZ.

How much are tickets for The Mousetrap?

The Mousetrap tickets start at £28.

How do you get tickets for The Mousetrap?

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What is the age recommendation for The Mousetrap?

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.

Who wrote "The Mousetrap"?

The Mousetrap was written by the renowned British author Agatha Christie. The play is a classic murder mystery play that has become one of the longest-running theatrical productions in the world, captivating audiences with its suspenseful plot and intriguing characters.

Who directed "The Mousetrap"?

The Mousetrap on stage is directed by Peter Saunders.

When did "The Mousetrap" open in the West End?

The Mousetrap opened in the West End on November 25, 1952, and has been running for over a record-breaking 70 years, making it one of the longest-running plays in history.

Is "The Mousetrap" appropriate for kids?

The Mousetrap is recommended for people over seven years old. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.

Is "The Mousetrap" good?

The Mousetrap is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous pieces of work. London Theatre raves, “Since that initial enthusiasm, the show has now become one of the essential things to do on many tourist's schedules - go to Buckingham Palace, visit the Tower of London and see 'The Mousetrap'.”

How long has "The Mousetrap" been in playing in London?

The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the West End, opening in 1952. The play has been in London’s West End for over a record-breaking seventy years.

Who is the murderer in "The Mousetrap"?

Shhh! If you want the answer, you will have to see this classic murder mystery for yourself. Book tickets to The Mousetrap on TodayTix.

Which Agatha Christie book is "The Mousetrap" based on?

The Mousetrap was adapted from the radio play Three Blind Mice which Agatha Christie wrote for the Royal Family in 1947. “The Queen of Crime” wrote over 66 detective novels and 14 short stories.

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