The Mousetrap

Theatre, West End St Martin’s Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday January 6 2018
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The Mousetrap
The Mousetrap

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At the end of this elegant Agatha Christie thriller, the newly uncovered homicidal maniac steps into a sinister spotlight and warns everyone never to reveal his or her identity. The production recently celebrated its 60th birthday and although Wikipedia and Stephen Fry have both blown the murderer's cover, there is a remarkable conspiracy of silence over 'The Moustrap'. The real mystery of the world's longest-running theatre show is not whodunit but, in its currently mediocre state, whydoit at all?

'The Mousetrap's ticket prices are the only element of this show that isn't stuck fast in the 1950s – although the actors' strained RP does make the odd break for the twenty-first century. Otherwise, this is a walking, talking piece of theatre history and – at £39 for a full-price stalls seat – the most expensive museum exhibit in London.

Christie's neat puzzler of a plot is easier to defend. It has defied the inevitably mummifying process of more than 25,000 performances and still possesses an uncanny precision worthy of the mistress of murder's chilling geriatric creation, Miss Marple.

In the 60 years since it premiered, its premise, in which six Cluedo-like middle-class stereotypes are imprisoned by snow in a country house while they try to fathom which of them is a raving murderer, has become a cliché, just as the authorities' response to adverse weather conditions (skiing coppers? In Berkshire?) have become a nostalgic memory.

It's fascinating to glimpse the ghost of Peter Cotes's original 1952 production. But this is sometimes a thin and campy shadow of its former self, whose creaks arise from cliché not suspense. Christie's best thrillers have a psychological conviction and a subtle sense of evil that the current cast, apart from one or two noble exceptions, shelve in favour of xenophobic exaggeration or dullness. Christie's trap still snaps shut but the cat's been away for years, leaving the mice to carry the play.


Venue name: St Martin’s Theatre
Address: West St
Cambridge Circus
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
Price: £17.50-£47.50, Premium Seats £65-£67.50
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Avatar for Kishma S

I thought this play was brilliant. It's old fashioned and clichéd but that's why I enjoyed it so much, it's like Fawley Towers and Murder She Wrote in one show, wonderfully camp and entertaining with an added sense of mystery. I can see why it's a classic.

I knew nothing about this show when we went to see it and we ended up seeing it because the seats are miles cheaper than most West End shows. Plus if you happen to be aroundon the day, front row day release tickets are less than £30 each (limit 2 per person)

Avatar for Kevin

Decided to pop in to see one of London's classics when a friend was in town. Fortunately there were day tickets at the box office for £28 in the front row. Definitely a bargain!

While it's not the most exciting show available, it's still engaging, and fascinating to see how the genre has developed since its debut. Full of dry English humour, the play is lighter than its plot would suggest. The show lives up to its classic status, for those that enjoys classics.

Avatar for Colin M

Boring, stagnating cast - could be so so much better/interesting- save your money and choose another play.

Avatar for Alex PD

A classic of the West End - you have to take The Mousetrap as an experience. The seats are small, the plot is nothing new or groundbreaking, but taken as a slice of the olden days it's a good evening out. The cast were strong and handled the dated plot well and the setting was lovely.

Avatar for Sonia C

I'm an avid theatre goer & always put this show on the long finger on the assumption it will always be on! Now in it's 65th year it shows no sign of flagging with our performance almost a sellout. Sadly I felt it was an anti-climax. The plot is adequate, at times it is scary & the twist was unforeseen but it all felt a bit dated & lacklustre. I've seen far more clever & thrilling plays so am perplexed at it's indefatigable longevity. However a highlight is the actual theatre- itself a beautiful time capsule. Also it is a piece of theatrical history so am glad it's finally ticked off my list.

Avatar for James M

Written in 1952 doesn't mean you should carry on the play just out of nostalgia. I saw this play yesterday evening, and it had to be the worst play I have ever seen in London. The acting was appalling, and it just seemed like whoever directed this has given up. Honestly, see something else.

Avatar for Jonnyboy

A play that I think is now as tired as the set. It was mildly entertaining but perhaps didn't grab me like I was expecting. The characters were cliches, which isn't a bad thing, and what I expected but I felt at point I was watching an amature production rather than a professional one at a top West End venue. The acting on the whole wasn't great, bar a few exceptions, Emma Deegan as Mollie Ralston. Perhaps its finally time the trap were left sprung and the mice could be left to run free.

Avatar for Lucy Loo

My boyfriend & I took his Mum to watch the Mousetrap for her birthday and we all enjoyed it. It's a classic - London's longest running show. Yes, the plot is fairly predictable but it was fun and different from the usual musicals in the West End. 

Avatar for bailey1988

Classic murder mystery, with a quintessentially English plot. A nice way to spend an afternoon but the plot is quite easy to guess. It offers a different theatre experience than your usual musical but don't waste your money on expensive tickets. Cheap seats makes this play worth seeing.

Avatar for GeorgeX

If you like old fashioned kind of plays, this is it. Agatha Christie's stories are always interesting & that's why I wanted to see this show. The theatre is quite small and thus you can clearly see the stage in any seat. Unfortunately, the seats are uncomfortable, with tight leg space - even with no one sitting next to you. This is a classic play with twists, mystery & humour, the cast plays pretty well but I would recommend it only to people who fancy Britiish old fashioned plays. It is the longest running London show and I think it needs definitely to have several modifications to become again fresh and attract new theater lovers.

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Avatar for Danny H

This play builds and builds and builds, and you think there must be a clever twist coming...but alas, this is not to be. The storyline is predictable and to be perfectly honest, nothing of note really happens. I am genuinely surprised that this show has managed to run for so long. Would not recommend.

Avatar for Thiago

I took my girlfriend to see this and as our first murder-mystery theatre experience we had a great time! It was by no way 'genius' but that is not what we came to see, we came to be entertained and that we were. The play set the mood for a great night of birthday celebration!

Avatar for Neville

On a damp Monday evening the audience was even thinner than the plot. This coffin of a play defies explanation for its continued longevity. It creaks and strains and is quietly beyond parody. Only worth seeing to get a glimpse of the beautiful, although shabby St Martin's theatre. As Time Out once said, waste of a good theatre.