The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap
St Martin's Theatre, Covent Garden, London-16March2010.jpg
St Martin's Theatre, London in March 2010
Written by Agatha Christie
  • Mollie Ralston
  • Giles Ralston
  • Christopher Wren
  • Mrs Boyle
  • Major Metcalf
  • Miss Casewell
  • Mr Paravicini
  • Detective Sergeant Trotter
Date premiered 6 October 1952
Place premiered Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Original language English
Genre Crime fiction
Setting A guest house, Monkswell Manor, wintertime "in the present day"
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The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012.[1] It is the longest running show (of any type) of the modern era. The play is also known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.