Agatha Christie's legendary 'whodunnit' The Mousetrap is the world's longest running theatrical production and continues to delight audiences at the St Martins Theatre in London having lost none of its form. Indeed, the reputation of this cutting edge murder mystery masterpeice goes from strength to strength as brand new generations of theatregoers are tricked and teased by a plot with more twists than a screwcork!
A small group of people not previously aquainted are gathered in a remote part of the countryside, to their horror discover that there is a murderer in their midst. Which one of them can it be who did the dastardly deed? As the evening goes on, one by one each one of the suspicious characters are forced to reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity of the murderer and the motive for it are finally revealed.
A cracking yarn and an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere.
What Is The Performance Schedule For The Mousetrap?
The play has evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7.30pm, & Sunday at 6pm. There are also matinee performances on Thursday & Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Is There An Age Restriction To Watch The Mousetrap?
The recommended minimum age to watch The Mousetrap is 7 years. Patrons should be advised prior to booking tickets that children aged 5 years and under will not be admitted into the theatre.
How Long Has The Mousetrap Been Playing In London?
The Mousetrap is the worlds longest running production and first opened to the public at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham on October 6th 1952 before embarking on a UK tour. The play opened in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre on November 25th 1952 where it stayed for 22 years before finding its current home at the St Martin's Theatre where it is still the resident production.
What Is The Running Time Of The Mousetrap?
The play lasts for 2 hours and 20 minutes which includes an interval.
Are Any Of The Original Cast Still In The Show?
Bizarrely yes! Derek Guyler, who sadly passed away in 1999 still provides the pre-recorded voice of the newsreader in act one. There is also another survivor from the opening night in the shape of the clock in the main hall that that sits above the fireplace.
The Play Was Written As A Gift To Queen Mary!
To celebrate her 80th birthday in 1947 the queen consort was offered a birthday gift of her choice by the BBC which resulted in a request for a new play from Agatha Christie. A short 30 minute radio drama entitled 'Three Blind Mice' was the result which after a few rewrites resulted in a stage play that would open at the Nottingham Play House under the new name of The Mousetrap 5 years later. The rest as they say.....is history!
Is There A Movie Version Of The Mousetrap?
Although The Mousetrap is about as British as Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, there have actually been two movie versions of the play - but neither of them are in English! A film from Russian director Samson Samsonov in 1990 entitled 'Myshelovka' (which translates to ' Mousetrap) follows the plot of the play closely, and Premendra Mitra's 1960 movie 'Chupi Chupi Aashy' performed in Bengali also takes its inspiration from the script of Christie's original radio play.
Agatha Christie Made Her Very Last Public Appearance At The Mousetrap!
At the age of 84 years at The Mousetrap's annual party in 1974 Agatha Christie was to make her very last public appearance. She passed away just over 12 months later on January 12th 1976.
Who Is The Killer In The Mousetrap?
Now that would be telling wouldn't it...........
Seating PlanSt. Martin's Theatre Seating Plan
AddressWest Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
Directions from nearest tube
(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.
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38, N41; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
Within Congestion Zone
Despite being the longest running production in the world you may find it surprising that discount tickets to The Mousetrap are actually very rarely found online, or indeed anywhere else! There is still good demand for this incredible theatrical experience and the producers generally make a point of selling tickets at face value even to official agents which can mean that most online sales will usually feature a booking fee. Despite the lack of official discounts hoiwever, there is still value to be had for this show and cheap tickets can usually be found in the upper circle or on the sides of both the stalls and dress circle sections.
When looking to find maximum value and cheap tickets to The Mousetrap, it is usually best to check midweek performances during the quieter off peak periods such as November, January and February where the prices can often come down due to lack of general footfall in the West End. The weeks that follow on from school holidays are particularly good for finding a downward movement in ticket prices and locating bargains.
The St Martin's Theatre is a very small and intimate venue and features very few seats that have a restriction to the view. The upper circle seats can offer good value and often cheap options to the consumer, as the difference in the price for tickets to The Mousetrap between the upper circle and the stalls and dress circle sections can be quite substantial, especially during peak periods and at weekends. It is always advisable to check the seating plan before purchase, but as there are two separate price bands in the upper circle as well, these can also come with a difference in price of up to 30% so there is very often good value to be found in the cheaper option if you look.
Due to the small size of the theatre there are not too many 'bad' seats especially in the stalls and dress circle sections. For people looking for a bit of legroom, the seats in row G of the stalls offer a good solution as there is a corridor located in front which also pretty much guarantees a perfect view of the stage. The centre section of the dress circle also offers pretty much a perfect view although there are a few seats towards the sides in this section that are a little cramped. It is recommended that patrons always check the seating plan before booking tickets to The Mousetrap as there may be large differences in price between the price bands that can offer up big savings especially during quiet weeks.