The Mousetrap

Thriller | English | Age 8+

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05 Dec Onwards Jamshed Bhabha Theatre: NCPA | 1180 Onwards

The Mousetrap has become the longest running show of any kind in the world by keeping audiences on the edge of their seat in this masterful whodunit by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie.

A snowstorm closes in on a guest house, trapping a group of strangers inside with a murderer… Who is it and why have they come to Monkswell Manor? 

Experience the mystery and suspense of one of Agatha Christie’s greatest plays, at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, and remember – keep the secret!

Facts -

  • Over the last 66 years, 450 actors and 260 understudies have appeared in more than 27,000 performances of the London production of this terrific whodunit. The play has also been presented in 27 different languages in more than 50 countries.
  • When it opened on 25th November 1952, with Richard Attenborough and his fellow film star and beloved wife Sheila Sim in the leading roles, it was only seven years since Hitler died. Much essential food was still rationed, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Harry Truman was President of the United States, and Stalin was the ruler of Russia. There was fighting in Korea, and Princess Elizabeth began her long reign as Queen. The last tram ran in London, television programmes ended at 10.30 p.m., and the entire TV listings only occupied three and a half lines.
  • Having achieved many world records at The Ambassadors Theatre, where it opened, it moved to the St. Martin’s Theatre in March 1974 without missing a performance, and in its new home, it has achieved many more world records. Only the clock on the mantelpiece has survived onstage and the original wind machine is still in use to this day. Everything else has been replaced.
  • The late Deryck Guyler has been a part of The Mousetrap since its first London performance. Guyler, who died in 1999, provided the pre-recorded voice of the newsreader in the first Act.
  • On 25th November 2002, The Mousetrap celebrated its golden jubilee with a 50th Birthday Gala Performance attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, together with a throng of former cast members.
  • Lord and Lady Attenborough remained closely involved with The Mousetrap through his Trusteeship of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity which takes thousands of young people to West End theatres each year (only rarely to The Mousetrapitself) who would otherwise be unable to attend.
  • To mark its 60th anniversary in 2012, a Gala Performance was held in support of Mousetrap Theatre Projects with an all-star cast including Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart, Miranda Hart, and Hugh Bonneville. On the same evening, a Memorial to Agatha Christie was unveiled close to the theatre, in St. Martin’s Lane.
  • To celebrate the 60th Anniversary there were 60 productions licensed around the world in places as diverse as Australia, Turkey, France, Russia, China, South Africa, Korea, and the USA. Also, the first UK Tour of The Mousetrap started in Canterbury in September 2012 and continued to December 2016.
  • The Mousetrap has three entries in the Guinness Book of Records, including: for the ‘longest continuous run of any show in the world’; ‘most durable’ actor (David Raven, who played Major Metcalf for 4,575 performances from 22nd July 1957 until 23rd November 1968); and ‘longest-serving understudy’ (Nancy Seabrooke, who stood by as Mrs Boyle 6,240 times until 12th March 1994, and actually did so 72 times).
  • Agatha Christie gave the rights to The Mousetrap to her nine-year-old grandson, Mathew Prichard, before it opened, without having any idea of the extraordinary phenomenon it would become.
  • Peter Saunders, the original producer of The Mousetrap and of many other Agatha Christie plays was knighted in 1982 for services to the theatre; and died in 2003.
  • In March 1956, Peter Saunders sold the film rights but shrewdly added the proviso that the film could not be released until six months after the end of the West End run. The film has yet to be made.
  • In 1994 Sir Peter handed over his responsibilities to a new company, Mousetrap Productions, under the management of Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen.
  • Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971; her books have sold millions of copies around the world – more than any other author, after The Bible. She died on the 12th January 1976 aged 85.

T&C

  • Age Limit: 8+
  • No refunds on the purchased ticket are possible, even in case of any rescheduling.
  • Children below 8 years including babies in arms will not be allowed.
  • No latecomers will be admitted.
  • SHOOTING STILL IMAGES OR MAKING AN AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE SHOW IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. You must not make, create, store, record or transmit any kind of still images, sound recording, visual footage (recording), or store, record or transmit any information or other data with relation to the event. The organisers reserve the right to eject you from the venue for doing so.
  • This is a single entry show. Once you exit the show area, you will not be permitted to enter again.
  • Please keep your ticket with you at all times.
  • Rights of admission reserved, even to valid ticket holders.
  • Beware of counterfeit tickets.
  • Security procedures, including frisking, remain the right of the management.
  • No professional, SLR or DSLR cameras or recording (sound or video) equipment will be permitted in the venue. Do not bring them to the venue as we will NOT be able to take responsibility and hold the same in safekeeping.
  • No tickets for the event shall be used by any person for advertising, promotional or commercial purposes, including but not limited to prizes, competitions, contests or sweepstakes without obtaining the written consent of the promoter.
  • No dangerous or potentially hazardous objects including but not limited to weapons, knives, guns, fireworks, helmets, laser devices, bottles, musical instruments will be allowed in the venue and may be ejected with or without the owner from the venue.
  • The sponsors/performers/ organisers are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. Any claims regarding the same would be settled in courts in Mumbai.
  • No drug use - consumption of narcotics is illegal and those found in possession of or consuming narcotics at the event will be handed over to police authorities.
  • Carrying of liquids, alcohol, cigarettes and banned substances including outside food will not be permitted in the venue.
  • No liability claims of food, pollution, and other consumption poisonings will be entertained.
  • Parking near or at the show premises is at the risk of the vehicle owner.
  • The holder of this ticket grants organisers the right to use, in perpetuity, all or any part of the recording of any video or still footage made of the holder’s appearance on any channel or magazine for broadcast in any and all media globally and for advertising, publicity and promotions relating hereto.
  • The organisers reserve the right without refund or other recourse, to refuse admission to anyone who is found to be in breach of these terms and conditions including, if necessary, ejecting the holder/s of the ticket from the venue.
  • Ticket holders in an inebriated state will not be allowed entry.
  • Venue rules apply.
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