The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, but beyond its status as an institution Agatha Christie’s famous whodunit remains a hugely entertaining mystery and a great night out.
A visit to The Mousetrap definitely deserves consideration when you’re planning a London theatre break. Indeed, seeing this 1950s-set gem is an essential part of the London experience for many out-of-town and overseas visitors.
It takes place in Monkswell Manor, a country home that young newlyweds Giles and Mollie Ralston have just opened as a guesthouse.
Five guests arrive and are promptly snowed in, followed by a policeman who warns them about an escaped murderer. One by one, the guests are investigated until a trap is laid to catch the killer.
To reveal more would spoil the surprise and break the unspoken rule that no one who’s seen the show should reveal the murderer’s identity. So there’s only one way for you to find out whodunit.
While its nostalgic atmosphere is very much to be relaxed into, The Mousetrap is also a formidable brainteaser that really keeps you on your toes and is certain to stimulate your 'little grey cells'.
If you’re a Christie fan, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’ll be thrilled to see one of her best-known works live on stage, but would-be detectives and mystery lovers of every stripe are in for a treat too, thanks to a fabulously twisty plot that maintains the suspense right up to the payoff.
Now in its seventh decade in the West End, The Mousetrap has had a long time to get things right. And it does, not least in making you feel like a fly on the wall in this mysterious manor house, full of quirky characters and intriguing events.
With the cast renewed every year and the brilliant Ian Rickson directing it through 2014, The Mousetrap inhabits tradition yet remains delightfully fresh. It’s really rather good, you know.