The Mousetrap

by  Agatha Christie

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

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

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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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Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The Great Hall at Monkswell Manor; the present. 

Music

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

Casting

4m, 4f
MOLLIE RALSTON
GILES RALSTON
CHRISTOPHER WREN
MRS. BOYLE
MAJOR METCALF
MISS CASEWELL
MR. PARAVICINI
DETECTIVE SERGEANT TROTTER
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Agatha Christie

Visit The Agatha Christie Collection for more content, licensing information, and more about Christie's work. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of

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The Mousetrap was originally presented by Peter Saunders at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on November 25th, 1952. 

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