Agatha Christie’s classic thriller The Mousetrap opened in London’s West End in 1952 and has been running continuously since then. The longest-running West End show, it has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012.
As a snowstorm closes in on a newly opened guest house a news report plays on the Radio to no one. The police are on the hunt for a murderer. The guest starts to arrive, and Agatha Christie weaves her magic. As we meet each character their story’s draws you further into the world. Then the snow cuts off the House, the phone line goes down and we discover there is a murderer in the Guesthouse. But who and why have they come to Monkswell Manor?
The play began life as a short radio play written as a birthday present for Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. It was broadcast on 30 May 1947 under the name Three Blind Mice. The story drew from the real-life case of Dennis O’Neill, who died after he and his brother Terence suffered extreme abuse while in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945. The Mousetrap had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in October 1952 and then toured to the New Theatre Oxford, the Manchester Opera House, the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham before it began its run in London on 25 November 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre. It ran at this theatre until 1974 when it immediately transferred to the larger St Martin’s Theatre, next door, where it reopened the following Monday!
The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre continues to run and run by keeping audiences on the edge of their seat in this masterful whodunit by the Queen of Mystery but remember…keep the secret.
St Martin's Theatre
West Street, London WC2H 9NZ
Cancellation Policy: No exchanges or refunds
Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval of 20 minutes.