Sixty two years on, The Mousetrap is still managing to draw in vast audiences. Currently playing at St Martin's Theatre, this play was adapted from one of Agatha Christie's short radio play written in honour of Queen Mary's eightieth birthday.
As you expect from Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is a 'who dun it' style play. Perhaps one of the main reasons this play is still so successful is that it is one of Theatreland's best kept secrets. Those who have seen this play are part of an exclusive group who know 'who dun it' but keep it strictly between themselves.
The play takes place place in a guest house in the 1950s. Inn owners Mollie and Giles Ralston get ready to welcome their first guests. First to arrive is young, eccentric Christopher Wren, soon followed by grumpy old Mrs Boyle. Next to arrive is the interesting Major Metcalf and the mysterious Miss Casewell. Just as all the guests settle in, a mysterious unexpected guest arrives, Mr Paravinci, who claims his car overturned in the snow.
With so many quirky strangers trapped together in the snow storm, it doesn't take long until matters turn dark...
Secrecy, lies and a skiing detective determine the outcome of this play. Although it is a murder mystery, it has moments of humour and silliness with a fantastic twist ending.