The Mousetrap

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 3f

A snowstorm traps a group of strangers with an unknown killer in the world’s longest running play!

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The world's longest running play!

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The Mousetrap is not a star vehicle; the play and its author are the stars." - The Guardian, Read More

“The amount of people who’ve seen the show in London is about the same as a single show of ‘Downton Abbey.'" - The New York Times, Read More

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Videos

  • The Mousetrap Trailer - McCarter Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: The Great Hall at Monkswell Manor
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 3f
MOLLIE RALSTON
GILES RASTON
CHRISTOPHER WREN
MRS. BOYLE
MAJOR METCALF
MISS CASEWELL
MR. PARAVICINI
DETECTIVE SERGEANT TROTTER
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  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecutio ...

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The Mousetrap was first presented on the West End by Peter Saunders at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on November 25, 1952. It was directed by Peter Cotes. On March 25th, 1974, this original production transferred to St. Martin's Theatre, next

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