The Mousetrap at St Martin's Theatre tickets
The Mousetrap at St Martin's Theatre tickets

The Mousetrap

About the show

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is a West End institution, having been performed continuously in the West End since 1952 it has earned the title of the world’s longest running show.

Young couple Mollie and Giles Ralston have set up a country guest house at their home, Monkswell Manner, and are expecting their first guests when it is announced that there has been a grizzly murder nearby. The guests and their hosts become snowed in but a detective is sent on skis to investigate as Monkswell is suspected to be the site of the killer’s next murder. With all the characters behaving shiftily there is no shortage of suspects in this, the ultimate whodunnit, as after all, who is setting up a mouse trap?

Christie is said to have drawn on the real life case of a boy Dennis O’Neil, who died in the care of foster parents, in Shropshire as inspiration for the play’s storyline. The play began life as a radio play called Three Blind Mice, with the name later being changed to The Mousetrap.

Agatha Christie is possibly the world’s most famous crime writer, having written over 60 murder mysteries and created the iconic characters of Poirot and Miss Marple.

As you’d expect from a show that’s been running so long it can feel like a bit of a blast from the past however regular cast changes ensure the material is kept fresh. Part of the joy of a trip to see The Mousetrap is feeling like you’re becoming part of history as each night a wooden sign displays what number performance this is for this record breaking show (and makes the perfect back drop for a photo op!) and of course there is the famous twist which, in traditional style, the cast ask you to keep secret at the end.

The Mousetrap is one of London's top theatre tickets, and is a must see for any theatre-lover.

Recommended for

Fans of Agatha Christie will want to complete their appreciation of her work by taking a trip to see this, her only stage play. If you’re after a quintessentially British experience or a taste of times gone by then this is the show for you. Don't miss out the opportunity to buy great The Mousetrap tickets now.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+. No under 5s.

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 25 Mar 1974
Press night: 24 Mar 1975
Booking from: 01 Dec 2020
Booking until: 28 Mar 2021

Location and map

St Martin's Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 0DP

618 Reviews Add review

Fantastic show that has you guessing from beginning to end. All of the cast were amazing in their roles. The theatre preserves the... More

edwoz 5'10", 48 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I have been waiting so long to finally see this play and this was a dream come true! From the scenery to the cast to the presentation... More

nicolettes1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This show is still going on for 68 years now. I think it speaks for itself. Great whodunit story with unexpected plot twist.

kajetank 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic acting. The set was so well-designed and realistic looking. The plot was incredibly interesting and had us wondering who... More

anisag 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A very well put together show which builds tension very well and will keep you guessing until the end.

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

An absolute classic which never fails to disappoint. Even knowing the whodunnit I still enjoy watching the tension build.

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

The show looks tremendous for its age, with some brilliantly vivid characterisations from its cast led capably by Dan Burton and Haley... More

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 118 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Show was really good! Great installations! Great performances, especially enjoyed the old lady who was so fussy about everything! I... More

ievam 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was great! The acting was very good and there was good comic relief too. It's a fun show with a great mystery to solve.

amyp3 1 review, 0 helpful votes