Now in it’s 60th year, The Mousetrap is still entertaining and enthralling London audiences. Agatha Christie’s murder- mystery is as much a “Must See” for visitors to London as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square or the Tower of London.
I had the great fortune to see The Mousetrap (for the third time) yesterday – and no, I am not going to tell you who-dunnit.
The Mousetrap is set in a country house hotel run by a young couple – Mollie and Giles Ralston. During a particularly wintery night five guests arrive but are snowed in.
Then a policeman arrives to warn the group that a murderer is heading their way. The sudden death of one of the characters has everyone pointing fingers, but it soon becomes clear that all is not what it seems to be and that everyone is a suspect.
That The Mousetrap is still going, after so many years, is of no surprise. The quality of the writing and the acting is excellent. Whilst the cast do great homage to the Dame of Suspense they also make sure that a modern audience will enjoy the story, just as much as the original audiences, over a half a century ago.
St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 8DP
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Theatre Tip: What I did do was eat beforehand at Jamie’s Italian just on Upper St Martin’s Lane which was a real treat although they chill the olives which dulls the taste – although the Tapanade that came with them was delicious!
It is now in its 60th year and has not missed a performance.
It is produced by Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen who is uncle to the prolific amatuer jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.
A recent first visit to The Mousetrap was an interesting experience.
The small cast completely threw themselves into their roles, some could say that it was perhaps a bit overacted. The theatre was a joy, a previously unexplored treasure in London.
Worth seeing if you have a few hours to spare, even if only for the fact of it being the longest running play in the West End
I had not seen it for over 40 years and could not remember who had done it! Dated but nonetheless very enjoyable and I still couldn't remember who had done it - until all was revealed of course! At the time I went it was an anniversary occasion for show. Very unique show especially compared with current choices.