Agatha Christie's phenomenon The Mousetrap playing at the St. Martin's Theatre, now in its 65th year.
When The Mousetrap opened on 25th November 1952, with Richard Attenborough and his fellow film star and beloved wife Sheila Sim in the leading roles, it was only seven years since Hitler died. Much essential food was still rationed, Mr Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, Harry Truman was President of the United States, and Stalin was ruler of Russia. There was fighting in Korea, and Princess Elizabeth began her long reign as Queen. The last tram ran in London, television programmes ended at 10.30 p.m., and the entire TV listings only occupied three and a half lines.
Since The Mousetrap opened 450 actors and actresses have appeared in the play, there have been 260 understudies. The play has been presented in 27 different languages in more than 50 countries.
Having achieved many world records at The Ambassadors Theatre, where it opened, it moved to the St. Martin’s Theatre in March 1974 without missing a performance, and in its new home it has achieved many more world records. Only the clock on the mantelpiece has survived onstage and the original wind machine is still in use to this day. Everything else has been replaced.
What Is The Mousetrap About?
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
My 11 year old son thoroughly enjoyed the performance and experience. It was his favourite ever trip to the theatre. I, myself, found I was unable to enjoy the evening because I was so uncomfortable. There were two main rerasons for this: the leg room is too small (I am 5ft 8) and the auditorium was suffocatingly hot (even rhough it was a cold January evening outside). The theatre management needs to put more thought in to the physical comfort of its paying audience. Experiencers like these make me reluctant to return to West End theatre events.
Amazing play, amazing theatre. Absolutely loved it and would love to see it again in a few years to see how it changes!
Excellent show, very well acted and directed. Really enjoyed the performance and atmosphere.
Thoroughly enjoyed the show, cast were superb
A great show in a wonderful theatre.
I've wanted to see the Mousetrap for years but not been able to until yesterday, but it was worth the wait. Typical Agatha Christie script with its twists and turns that kept one guessing whodunnit till the end. Highly recommend it.
wonderfully crafted theatre performance, my first visit and I shall recommend it to all. thank you for having such attentive staff too and the theatre was beautiful. happy christmas to you all.
Timeless, enchanting, funny - perfect family entertainment especially at Christmas time
Really good show got the old grey cells working overtime. Also had a seat upgrade a very enjoyable couple of hours.
Excellent play,thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept you entrigued throughout All the actors played their roles well Would recommend seeing it to my friends who haven’t as yet
I went to see The Mousetrap with minor misgivings, because it is `old` and I am not an Agatha Christie novel fan. I was pleasantly surprised. Concise, clear, amusing characters. (Of their time, but hey, we are all of our time!) Clean acting and direction - all so clear. Laughs. And the plot? As convincing as a plot like that can be. And being written by a novelist, and a great one at that, the play allowed its characters to talk to each other. I mean really talk! I was feeling unwell - but the matinee lit up my day.
A timeless classic. Worth going to see. Throughly enjoyed the experience!
Really enjoyed the play and it kept you guessing right to the end. And the killer was ......................pay to see and find out . Great
Finally got to see the play and thoroughly enjoyed.
Not the most gripping play. I found it a tad boring unfortunately. On the positive side Christopher wren’s character was amusing
The play was fun and rather quaint. Really enjoyed the show
I saw this play in St Martin's Theatre the first time in 1975. I loved it then and still love it. This time I brought my youngest son to see it and he was as thrilled as I am. Very good actors and nice scenografi.
If you like Agatha Christie then this is for you. Lovely theatre.
A super all round performance by a very talented cast. Although all the individual characters were portrayed well, Joel Macey as Christopher Wren stood out with his vitality and humour in what was a serious drama. The climax of the drama was very well enacted. This performance was well worth travelling 150 mile to see. An excellent afternoon' entertainment.
An experience of a lifetime. May it run for generations to come
The Theatre added to the ambience of the play. Truly Agatha Christie with some, (what I think was added), modern humour. Great afternoon
I have always loved Christie’s novels and this was once again a brilliant plot. The clothes and the room interior took you some 60 years back in time. The actors were funny and really good. Simply loved it!
Comical yet darkly.
This show is very dated. I don’t understand all the secrecy about who dunnit. It was very obvious.
An old fashioned play, with good acting and plot. Recommend, especially for tourists
Excellent. Quite witty with many funny moments.
The whole cast were great, especially Pheobe Fildes as Molly. Lovely theatre too.
Play was very good, lead you to try and work out the killer by dropping little hints throughout although neither of us had worked it out correctly. 10/10
Seen for the second time. First seen over 30 years ago. Great as ever. Yes, a good night out.
Great show, Professional actors, Few laughs, and twists in the tale,
Has been on my 'to do list' for a long time. Well worth the wait. Loved it. Fabulous cast. Very clear. Beautiful small theatre.
Stood the test of time. Thoroughly enjoyed the play.
Good old fashioned entertainment.
Thoroughly enjoyed the play and the theatre fits the plot the brilliant. Well recommended
I have been coming to London for over 40 years and going to The Mousetrap is something I always intended to do but there was invariably another play close to the end of a run to see. Now having been to The Mousetrap this week I just have to travel down the Nile and climb Everest! I love a good old fashioned whodunnit and I was not disappointed. Very entertaining. I highly recommend it
Well worth going to see.
Not the most exciting play you’ll ever see, but good entertainment. I’d definitely recommend it, if you’re into classicals.
Mr Wren and Mrs Boyle were brilliant
A first class whitty performance in an amazing theatre.
Glad I finally got around to seeing the longest running show in theatre, despite this it was not tired but brilliantly acted by an enthusiastic cast. Great twist which I didn't see coming coming, superb.
A must see production for any one who loves plays in there original form , great for all the family
Funny, entertaining. Had us guessing till the end. visit to London not complete unless you've been to see the 'Mouse trap ' great for all the family
Really enjoyed 'The Mousetrap' and it held you in suspense until the very end.
I absolutely loved it. I tried to purchase tickets for years. I will highly recommend it!
Fun to try and guess the murderer in the intermission. None of my group got the right answer. Nostalgic setting and brilliant acting. Julie
Wonderful evening in a beautiful theatre with fantastic staff. Play was captivating. Perfect night out.
Although this was a brilliant play, it was sometimes hard to hear some of the actors. Hearing what is said is crucial in this play. Either the actors need to speak up or sone microphones are needed.
No refunds or exchanges available.
Liz Elvin as Mrs Boyle
William Findley as Giles Ralston
Russell Floyd as Major Metcalf
Mathew Foster as Sergeant Trotter
Malcolm James as Mr Paravicini
Joel Macey as Christopher Wren
Arabella Neale as Miss Casewell
Emily Plumtree as Mollie Ralston
2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval of 20 minutes.
Good To Know
Please note there will no longer be access to a cloakroom at this theatre.
Bag searches will also be carried out.
Suitable For Children
The Mousetrap is recommended for ages 12 and above. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
When Can I Go
Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 3pm
Where Do I Go
St Martin's Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
By Tube- Leicester Square
By Bus-14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176.