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The Mousetrap

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.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges available.

Cast

From Monday 23rd April 2018:

Martin Behrman as Detective-Sergeant Trotter

Mark Carlisle as Major Metcalf

Elliot Chapman as Giles Ralston

Phoebe Fildes as Mollie Ralston

Jason Hall as Mr Paravicini

Mary Keegan as Mrs Boyle

Millie Turner as Miss Casewell

Rhys Warrington as Christopher Wren

Directed by Hugh Ross

Duration

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

Saturday: 4pm

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.

St. Martin's Theatre

Latest customer reviews

  • There are much better plays to see

    22 April 2018

    60 years ago this was probably great. The plot and the acting are ok, but that's about as good as it gets. Fine if you want to tick it off your bucket list, but there are many better plays to see in London

    Neil McCausland Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Over rated

    22 April 2018

    Couldn't wait to see The Mousetrap. Beautiful theatre (loved the quaint, little bar, upstairs), friendly staff too. The air conditioning in the theatre was on when we arrived and lots of people were saying how cold they were, but during the performance it warmed up nicely! The play however, left me actually quite underwhelmed. I totally understood that I was watching a play from the 1950's, but felt it was actually quite dated and not that appealing to younger audiences. I was also a little surprised by the lack of scene/costume changes. I suppose I am used to the TV plays, where atmosphere and suspense are built visually. Perhaps just too traditional for someone like me, in my 50's, although it is understandable that the authenticity of Agatha Christie's play needs to be preserved. Maybe I am used to the 'wow' of a West End show. Shame the price of the seats weren't 1950's too!

    JP Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Gripping

    21 April 2018

    The play kept us intrigued, thinking about who commited the murder...

    Jessica Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Iconic show

    21 April 2018

    The tension builds a well thought out production great acting xx

    Rosemary Confirmed ticket purchaser