The Mousetrap Theatre Breaks

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.

Is It For Me?

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.

At A Glance:

  • A gripping whodunit by the mistress of classic crime fiction, Agatha Christie
  • Now in its 62nd year in the West End
  • One of the world's great theatrical institutions
  • A family-friendly production that keeps grown-ups and children guessing right 'til the end
  • New cast and director every year keeps the play fresh and exciting
Venue Address: West Street, London, WC2H 9NZ
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Buses: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Rail: Charing Cross
Parking: St Martin's Lane Hotel (4mins)
Book From: 06 Oct 1952
Book Until: 27 Jun 2015
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 12 and over

The Mousetrap Video

The Mousetrap Reviews


"The production was a joy to watch throughout giving a good balance of serious poignant moments and some hilarious comical scenes. Everything was perfectly timed and the audience was gripped throughout." Jo, Lincs

"This is a really fun play for any fans of Agatha Christie's novels or murder mysteries in general, and there's a certain dramatic intensity to watching it live on stage versus just reading it or watching it on TV" Olivia, Cambridgeshire

"A thoroughly jolly experience. We were visiting London from Australia and decided the show we must see was Mousetrap as the world's longest running play." Robert, Welwyn

"The plot was a good pace throughout with everyone in the interval discussing who they thought was the murderer. The set was well constructed and very believable as to the location." Beatrice, Bury

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