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St Martin's Theatre

West Street WC2H 9NH

The Mousetrap

St Martin's Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 St Martin's Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 25th Mar 74
Opens 26th Mar 74
Booking to 6th Jan 18

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Tuesday 3.00 pm
Matinée Saturday
4.00 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 15mins

Local Info

Top Class restaurants nearby;

Mon Plaisir (French)
21 Monmouth Street
020 7836 7243

Loch Fyne (Fish & Seafood)
2 - 4 Catherine Street
020 7240 4999
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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



The Gist Without The Twist

The Mousetrap is a legend for several reasons Agatha Christie, the dame of detective thrillers (whodunits) was a legend in her own right. The play has run in the same privately owned theatre for 56 years. During this long run there have been no fewer than 382 actors and actresses appearing in the play, master of suspense, plotting and characterisation.

The story

A young couple, Mollie and Giles Ralston started up a new hotel in a converted old Manor. They get snowed in with four of their guests and an additional traveller, who ran his car into a snowdrift.

Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives on skis to inform the group that he believes a murderer is on his way to the hotel, following the death of a Londoner - one Miss Maureen Lyon.

Then one of the guests – Mrs Boyle – is killed. The suspense rises as they realize that the murderer is present among them. Christopher Wren, a erratic young man fits the description of the supposed murderer. He is also somewhat volotile and unsettled. He is the first to be suspected. The plot continues with the suspiscion falling on each and any one of the guests, or even the hosts themselves.

Tradionally, the audience are asked not to tell anyone outside the theatre who the killer was so as not to spoil the play for others.

  • Karen Archer - Mrs Boyle
  • Simon Haines - Christopher Wren
  • Jamie Hutchins - Detective-Sergeant Trotter
  • Christopher Knott - Major Metcalf
  • Hannah Lee - Miss Casewell
  • Simon Roberts - Mr Paravicini
  • Tom Rooke - Giles Ralston
  • Kirsten Hazel Smith - Mollie Ralston

  • Director - Ian Talbot
  • Producer - Mousetrap Productions
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