As the longest running play of all time, The Mousetrap is without a doubt a legendary piece of theatre history. If The Mousetrap were a public figure, it would be a national treasure – a Judi Dench, perhaps, or a Stephen Fry. You wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend an evening with those two, so why put off your visit to this vintage whodunnit from the mistress of suspense Agatha Christie?
There really is nothing quite like the thrill of peeking into a remote house, sizing up its odd residents and pondering the mounting pile of red herrings as you try to crack one of the most celebrated cases of all time. Now boasting over 60 years on the London stage, The Mousetrap is still going strong at St. Martin's Theatre.
One of the fascinating things about The Mousetrap is that it deliberately doesn’t go for big names and has a new cast every year, keeping this classic forever fresh. But this rule is no bar to star quality – indeed, part of its success is doubtless down to Richard Attenborough’s presence in the original cast, and many other actors have lent the show their talents over the years.
One cast member even entered the Guinness book of records after racking up 4,575 performances. More impressively still, one original 'cast member' survives to this day: the recorded voice of Deryck Guyler on the radio bulletin that plays each night.
Mathew Foster as Detective-Sergeant Trotter
Russell Floyd as Major Metcalf
William Findley as Giles Ralston
Emily Plumtree as Mollie Ralston
Malcolm James as Mr Paravicini
Liz Elvin as Mrs Boyle
Arabella Neale as Miss Casewell
Joel Macey as Christopher Wren
Five guests arrive at a country hotel, only to find themselves snowed in. A policeman turns up, warning of a murderer on the loose. One by one, the guests are investigated until a trap is laid to catch the killer.
To tell you any more would not only spoil the surprise but also upset the tradition that no one who’s seen the show ever reveals the murderer’s identity – which means there really is only one way you’re ever going to find out.
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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.
Nobody can put their finger on exactly how The Mousetrap has achieved its unparalleled 60-year run. Agatha Christie herself thought it would be bumped off within eight months. What really puts this in context is when you realise that Churchill was still in power when it first opened. And it became the longest-running show in British theatre sooner than you’d think – way back in 1957.
An estimated 10 million people have seen The Mousetrap, which begs the question: why hasn’t it ever made it on to the silver screen? The answer is because the producers are adamant that the mystery should be preserved for future theatregoers. Well, it would be rude not to book now you know the trouble they’ve gone to on your behalf.
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(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.