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Agatha Christie's _The Mousetrap_ is an institution in the theatrical world; it is a must for any lover of mysteries to attend the play live when in London. In the *book* format, however, it disappointed me.
Christie herself was caught by surprise by the play's success; she estimated a run of 8 months at most -- instead, the play has been running for 60+ years now (a world record) as of writing this review. It may safely be said that the play is mainly now a *tourist* attraction; just like England is known for its Queen Elizabeth II, so is England known for its Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. You go take a look at the Buckingham Palace, and you go to see _The Mousetrap_, like any well-behaved tourist should do. While countless tourists may enjoy _The Mousetrap_ on stage, it is likely that most of them are not heavy-duty Agatha Christie fans. If they had been, they would likely have guessed the culprit well before the play's climax, depriving them of that satisfying moment of surprise. Winston Churchill is reported to have guessed the culprit in the break between the two Acts; he may have just been clever, or he may have read other Christie yarns before, some of them employing very similar plot mechanisms including the personality of the culprit.
Suffice it to say that as a Christie fan, you are trained to expect the unexpected; but once you *expect* it, it's no longer *un*expected, is it?Read more ›
The play began life as a half-hour radio drama, THREE BLIND MICE, created by Christie on the occasion of Queen Mary's 80th birthday. Christie had a gift for recycling her own material, and in 1948 she recast the play as a long short story under the same title, and then again as a two-act mystery for the stage in 1952. It has played continuously on the London stage without break ever since. At present, it has played more than 25,000 performances and shows no sign of decreasing in popularity, as much a London landmark as Buckingham Palace and the Tower.
Giles and Mollie Ralston are recently married and have decided to try their hand at running a guest house, only to find themselves trapped in an unexpected blizzard with five somewhat questionable guests: a neurotic young man; a dour and endlessly complaining widow; a stereotypical retired British major; and a tough-cookie spinster--not to mention a peculiar Italian who claims his car overturned in a snow drift down the road. No sooner is everyone settled, however, than they receive a call from the police. A woman has been murdered in London and the police have tracked the killer to the guest house, where they believe a second will follow. The situation is so urgent that a police detective is dispatched on skis.Read more ›
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An excellent collection of stories! My favorite was The Mousetrap but there are a number of other excellent stories as well.Published 18 months ago by Linda S
As The Mousetrap completed my full collection of the fiction murder mysteries series by Agatha Christie, I am will say that this latest addition lived up to all of my... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Barbara Goodwin
We had a group of neighbors in for a reading of the play, enhanced by plenty of food and drink. It is a perfect vehicle for amateur theatrics and interesting in the wide variety of... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by john galotto
I read this play 40 years ago and couldn't remember who dunnit. I also saw the play in London 5-6 years ago and couldn't be sure who dunnit. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Pam
Script ordered was in excellent condition. It took approximately 4 weeks
from order to delivery. Allow time for it being sent from England.
In the background of The Mousetrap we see the exact same events that formed the "back story" of Christie's contemporaneous novel THE ROSE AND THE YEW TREE, which she published... Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by Kevin Killian
We had seen heard so much about this broadway show that my husband wanted to read the book before attending the show. It was helpful for him.Published on November 3, 2007 by P brown