The Mousetrap - St. Martin's Theatre

The Mousetrap
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Venue Information
St. Martin's Theatre

St. Martin's Theatre
West Street
London
London
WC2H 9NZ

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(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.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 11 review(s)

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Latest Review: "Very nice play. We enjoyed. I like old-school plays. And I love A. Christie's books since my teen..."

Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 12 and over.

Important Info: 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.

When it comes to iconic productions in the capital, they don’t come much bigger than The Mousetrap. Agatha Christie’s long-running play has been entertaining theatregoers in this part of the world since 1952, with a continuous run taking it right up to the modern day.

So not only is the show the longest-running in the UK, it also has the distinction of being the longest running continuous show in the world!

So now that the production is in its 65th year in the West End, having transferred from the Ambassadors Theatre to its current home without a break in performances back in 1974, what can audiences expect to see when they head to the St Martin’s Theatre to witness events unfold?

Let’s start with the title ‘The Mousetrap’.  This is aptly named as the plot is centred upon a group of people who have been ’ensnared’ as a result of heavy snow.  A policeman arrives at the hotel and warns the guests that a killer is on the loose.  Later on, one of the hotel guests is murdered and everyone suddenly realises that the murderer is likely to be one of them!

From then on, the plot twists and turns as each of the guests tries to guess who the murderer is.  Only at the end do we find out who the real killer is.  What sets this play apart is that the audience are asked at the end of each production not to reveal the identity of the murderer to anyone outside of the theatre.

The play starts with a converted hotel, formerly known as Monkswell Manor, which is in a rural location.  This is a relatively new hotel run by a young couple – Giles and Mollie Ralston.  Due to a heavy snowfall, they and the guests are trapped in the hotel until it clears.  They are joined by a passer-by who has been forced to take shelter in the hotel as his car is stuck in the snow.

They learn from the police that a dangerous killer is on the loose and so they must take care.  Later on, one of the guests is found murdered which brings it home to everyone that the killer could be inside the hotel, in fact, he/she could be one of them!

Everyone has their own opinion as to the culprit and this is one of the things that makes The Mousetrap so enticing to audiences. Its mysteries, its performances and its twist and turns continue to make it a must-see for audiences around the capital.

So if you want to find out the mysteries of The Mousetrap then there is only one thing to do - pick up theatre tickets and take your seat. After all, you won’t find out the identity of the killer here! At the end of each performance the audience is encouraged to take the secrets with them, a tradition that has allowed the show to survive across the decades.

So a trip to the St Martin’s Theatre is a trip back through history, not only for a show set in the middle of the 20th century but for a production that has a proud place in the history of Theatreland. Add an historic venue to the mix as well and you have the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Did You Know?

• The cast in 2017 has included Sherry Baines, Benedick Blythe, Ed Pinker and Ellie Burrow, amongst others (correct as of October 2017).
• Some well known people have witnessed the show, including The Queen and Winston Churchill.
• Whilst it has been in the West End for six decades, its first tour did not take place until 2012 when it was seen in locations like Birmingham.
• Previous cast members to appear in The Mousetrap over the decades include Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, David Raven, Karen Archer, Christopher Knott and Anne Kavanagh, plus many others. Anniversary shows have attracted big names as well.
• The show’s original title was Three Blind Mice but this had to be changed as another play by that title once appeared in the West End.
• The Mousetrap celebrated its 1000th performance back in 1955!

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 30th March 2019
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Age Restriction: Recommended for ages 12 and over.
Important Info: 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.
Show Schedule
Mon: 7.30pm
Tue: 3pm and 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 4pm and 7.30pm
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