The Mousetrap

Recently, 20 GTOs and their guests had the chance to see the longest running show in the West End.
Fiona Horan reports back.

Running continuously in London’s West End for 66 years, The Mousetrap is one of the most famous plays in the world. In 2012, it celebrated its 60th birthday with a one-off gala performance with stars such as Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Patrick Stewart. Our readers were given the chance to see this theatrical phenomenon at the St Martin’s Theatre in London, where it has been for the last 42 years of its run. Our tickets were courtesy of Encore ticket agency. After the performance the entire cast very kindly joined us for drinks in the Dress Circle bar – a chance for a chat and photographs.

As everyone probably knows, this is a whodunnit by Agatha Christie. Since she more or less invented the country house murder mystery, all the classic ingredients are in place – a large, lonely house cut off from the outside world, an assortment of people with secrets, one or two unexpected arrivals, and the eventual realisation that one of occupants of the house is planning imminent murder. But which one …?

I found the post-war setting interesting. Rationing still exists, servants can’t be had for love nor money (a quite common theme in Agatha Christie which must have reflected a genuine upper middle class annoyance of the time), and nobody really knows who anyone is any more. Lives have been shattered, people have been displaced, hasty marriages have been made. Can you really trust those closest to you?

If you like whodunnits, you’ll love this – one of the most famous of them all by the Queen of Crime. The show is great fun, with plenty of black humour, as the audience try to spot the killer amongst the unwitting household guests. The production has only recently started to offer group rates, so the play should finally be on every GTO’s “to do” list. There are occasional regional productions, but I understand The Mousetrap will never be made into a film while the West End production is still running – and, judging by the full house on the evening we attended, cinema-goers have a long wait for any big screen version.

As to whodunnit – my lips are sealed …

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“I thoroughly enjoyed The Mousetrap – after 66 years it’s still going strong and keeps its suspense right to the very end! I would highly recommend this brilliant Agatha Christie play to anyone.”
Jayne, JMB, Essex

“I would definitely recommend it to a friend – and I already have! I had seen this play on theatre listings before but had no idea it was Agatha Christie and the longest show running in London! These are good selling points as everyone loves a good classic murder mystery!”
Stephanie, Kuoni Global Travel Experts, London

“The play was amazing with all the twist and turns we can expect from Agatha Christie. Afterwards we enjoyed a drink with the cast who were absolutely delightful. I would highly recommend to anyone and would not dream of revealing the ending.”
Karen, Brownhills T G, Walsall

“I was very surprised to find out who the murderer was !!!! No! Don’t shoot! I wasn’t really going to divulge the secret !!!!! arrrrrrgh!”
Ken Palen, Hastings Probus Club, Hastings

“The Mousetrap is the classic of the classics! Don’t miss the West End’s longest running play, take your groups to a guaranteed great night at the theatre. Plus, with fantastic group rates now available, this really is the ‘whodunnit’ treat.”
SERGIO CICALO Senior Trade Sales Manager, Encore Tickets