The Mousetrap tickets are the most sought after of any West End show. The Mousetrap tickets tend to disappear pretty quickly, just like the bodies at Monkswell Manor! So, whether you’re tracking down the best Mousetrap theatre tickets, trying to figure out whodunnit before the rest of the guests, or you’re planning a thrilling first visit to the world’s longest running play, you’ll find tickets for The Mousetrap in London on sale now. We’ve got the best seats at all prices and you can even check best seat reviews with our interactive seat map.
Don’t just see it! Solve it!
What’s The Mousetrap about?
As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a guesthouse deep in the English countryside, which was formerly a Stately Home. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the assembled characters reveal that they each have a sordid past – and a secret they would kill to keep hidden. But which one is a murderer…and who will be their next victim?
Can you solve the mystery before another “mouse” goes SNAP?
The Mousetrap celebrates 70 years in London in 2022 and has been performed 28,200 times in London, selling over 10 million tickets. In 2002, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended a special Gala performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this thrilling whodunnit. This outstanding production, from the greatest criminal novelist of all time, Agatha Christie, is now as iconic as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace.
The Mousetrap opened in London at the Ambassadors Theatre on Tuesday 25th November 1952, the same year Queen Elizabeth was crowned. They play is set in what was then “the present” – England 1952, when rationing was still in place. The show will re-open for the first time since lockdown on 17th May 2021 with two highly acclaimed, Olivier Award winning casts from the worlds of stage and screen.
The Mousetrap characters
If you can’t wait to start guessing whodunnit, here are the characters at Monkswell Manor so you can start your sleuthing early:
Mollie Ralston – Proprietor of the Manor, married to Giles Ralston. But why is she reluctant to help the police with their enquiries?
Giles Ralston – Runs Monkswell Manor with wife Mollie, but why does he take in paying guests when he takes such a dislike to some of them?
Christopher Wren – A hyperactive young man running away from something – but what? And why does Giles Ralston take against him so quickly?
Mrs Boyle – A critical older female character – nothing she sees pleases her. You can see why someone might want to kill her…but is that just a front?
Major Metcalf – A retired army man – but that’s all he’s giving away. He’s first to discover the phone line is dead…but does he know more than he’s letting on?
Miss Casewell – A slightly masculine, standoffish woman who had a horrific childhood – or so we’re led to believe.
Mr Paravicini – A man with a peculiar foreign accent that no-one can quite pin down...he says his car overturned in the snow, but is his story dodgier than his accent?
Detective Sergeant Trotter – He’s determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on and won’t let a little thing like a snowdrift stop him!
You’ll have to see the show to find out which of them has blood on their hands!
Agatha Christie’s awards
Through her career as an author, Agatha Christie was honoured with some of the greatest awards a writer can receive. These included the Edgar Award/Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Play – the first writer ever to be honoured for ‘exceptional achievement in the career of mystery writing’. Christie also received a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign play, and ‘The Anthony Award’ twice, presented to ‘the most admirable mystery writers of the decade’. In 1956, Agatha received a CBE, one of the highest honours of the British Commonwealth for her outstanding literary accomplishments.
Five Clues to the Mousetrap’s enduring success
1. The play’s original name, Three Blind Mice, was changed after producer Emile Littler objected because he had produced a play with the same name. ‘The Mousetrap’ was the suggestion of Christie’s son-in-law, Anthony Hicks.
2. When she wrote the play, Christie gave the rights to her grandson Mathew Prichard as a birthday present. He used the money wisely, helping to support The Arts https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20768657 in Wales.
3. ‘The Mousetrap’ comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where it is used as an alternative name for The Murder of Gonzago – a ‘play within a play’.
4. The identity of the murderer has never been publicly revealed – and the play cannot be published in the UK until the West End production closes…something we hope never happens!
5. The Mousetrap helped the show’s previous producer, Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen set up The Mousetrap Foundation, now Mousetrap Theatre Projects https://www.mousetrap.org.uk . MTP helps young people experience London’s Theatre live, whatever their social, cultural or economic background.
What the critics say about The Mousetrap
"[An] atmosphere of shuddering suspense” - The Daily Express
“elaborately skilful” – The Times
“Christie's best thrillers have a psychological conviction and a subtle sense of evil” – Time Out
The Mousetrap news
1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.
The Mousetrap Cast & Creatives
When the Mousetrap returns in 2021, there will be two casts performing until 11 July. The current schedule is as follows:
Performances 17 to 19 May, 28 May to 3 Jun, 11 to 17 Jun, 25 Jun to 1 Jul and 9 to 11 July:
Mollie Ralston – Cassidy Janson
Giles Ralston – Danny Mac
Christopher Wren – Alexander Wolfe
Mrs Boyle – Susan Penhaligon
Major Metcalf – Derek Griffiths
Miss Casewell – Lizzie Muncey
Mr Paravicini – David Rintoul
Detective Sergeant Trotter – Paul Hilliar
Performances 20 to 27 May, 4 to 10 Jun, 18 to 24 June and 2 to 8 July
Mollie Ralston – Kate Tydman
Giles Ralston – Nicholas Bailey
Christopher Wren – Joshua Griffin
Mrs Boyle – Louise Jameson
Major Metcalf – Paul Bradley
Miss Casewell – Sarah Moss
Mr Paravicini – Tony Timberlake
Detective Sergeant Trotter – Charlie Clements
Writer – Agatha Christie
Director – Ian Talbot
Artistic Director – Denise Silvey
Costume Supervisor – Janet Hudson Holt
Producer – Adam Speigel
Producer – Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen
Original Producer – Sir Peter Saunders
Company Stage Manager – Graham Ray
Deputy Stage Manager – Becky Kensington
2 hours 20 minutes including 20-minute interval
Good To Know
Please note there will no longer be access to a cloakroom at this theatre.
Bag searches will also be carried out.
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The voucher will be checked and/or scanned upon entry.
What Should I Expect
Steps taken to make the venue COVID Secure.
To help ease the movement around the theatre each level now has its own separate entrance:
- For the Stalls and Boxes A&B the entrance is to the left of the main doors.
- For the Dress Circle and Boxes C&D the entrance is through the main doors.
- For the Upper Circle the entrance is to the right of the main doors.
Changes you will notice in and around the theatre when you visit:
A few hours before you arrive at the theatre you will be asked to self-certify that you and no members of your party have any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
We have introduced 100% contactless tickets. When entering the auditorium please display your e-ticket to a member of staff for scanning.
- Your temperature will be taken before you enter the theatre.
- Contactless bag searches will be in operation.
- Once inside the auditorium the reduced capacity will become evident and you will notice that no customer bubbles will be seated within one metre of each other.
- We ask that all customers wear face masks throughout the performance.
- A one-way system will be in operation around sections of the venue. Please observe the signage as you move around the theatre.
- Drinks, programmes and merchandise can be ordered from your phone, and will be delivered to your seat. See the tab at the top of your e-ticket for more information.
- Please arrive in plenty of extra time to allow for social distancing whilst taking your seat.
- Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the theatre - please use these on entering the theatre, and throughout your visit.
- The Cloakroom will not be open so please do not bring bulky items that cannot be kept with you.
- And finally, if you are feeling unwell we ask that you stay at home. You can contact the Box Office to rearrange your booking exchange free of charge, no quibbles, up to 24 hours before your booked performance – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel unwell whilst on site, please contact a member of staff who will provide assistance.
Other things that are taking place at theatre:
We will be undergoing extensive cleaning between performances
Backstage we have made some changes too. or the first time we will have two alternating 8-member casts, which will minimise the chance of us having to cancel any performances and our backstage crew will also be working in bubbles and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
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