The Mousetrap
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The Mousetrap

Performance Dates

September 20th-22nd, 27th-29th and October 4th-6th


This show is rated PG
Great for all ages


After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects: the newlyweds running the house; 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. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate.


Directed by Margaret Shippen

The Mousetrap made its world premiere on October 6, 1952 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. After a brief tour, it opened in London's West End at the Ambassadors Theatre on November 25. Directed by Peter Cotes, the play ran at the Ambassador until March 23, 1974, when it immediately transferred to the larger St Martin's Theatre, next door, where it continues to this day. Having run consistently from 1952 to the present, The Mousetrap is the world's longest-running play.

This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Dame Agatha Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Cast & Crew

Characters’ gender will be cast as listed below. Age ranges listed are approximate and the actor who best embodies the character will be cast, regardless of actual age.

Character Description*
Mollie Ralston Female; Age 20s to early 30s. New owner/hostess of Monkswell Manor; anxious about hosting the inn’s first guests; married to Giles for one year.
Giles Ralston Male; Age 20s to early 30s. Owns Monkswell Manor with his wife Mollie; somewhat arrogant and jealous of the other guests’ attentions toward Mollie.
Christopher Wren Male; Age 20s to 30s. The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. Wren claims to have been named after the architect of the same name by his
Mrs. Boyle Female; Age 40s to 60s. Mrs. Boyle is an imposing woman in a bad temper; she complains about everything. She is disapproving of every effort that Mollie and Giles produce to make her comfortable.
Major Metcalf Male; Age 40s to 60s. Major Metcalf is middle-aged, squareshouldered, military in manner and bearing. He is friendly and very polite, and serves as a good counter to Mrs. Boyle during the play’s first act.
Miss Casewell Female; Age 20s to 30s. A strange, aloof, somewhat masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.
Mr. Paravicini Male; Age 30s to 50s. A man of unknown provenance who turns up claiming his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up.

Sgt. Trotter Male; Age late 20s to early 40s. Detective Sergeant Trotter is a cheerful, common-place man who arrives at the guest house on skis to investigate a local murder.
Radio Announcer Voice only; reads BBC News reports on local murder.

*Sources: Wikipedia &

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