Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which is the longest-running play in the world, is coming to India this month. Like other works by Christie, the play has a twist at the end. Viewers are often told not to reveal it after they are done watching the play, where a group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house as a snowstorm rages outside. One among them is a murderer.
Originally titled Three Blind Mice, it started as a radio play, written as a birthday gift for Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. It was broadcast for the first time on May 30, 1947. It was first staged in 1952 at London’s West End, since when it has been running continuously.
The play will be staged in three cities — Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru — with five, six and seven shows respectively.
In Chennai, there will be five shows between 8 and 10 November at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall in Lady Andal School. Timings for weekends are 3-5.30 pm and 7-9.30 pm. However, on November 8 (Friday), it will be from 7.30-10 pm.
In Bengaluru, the second stop, shows will be held from 14 to 17 November at St John’s Auditorium, John Nagar, Koramangala. On Thursday and Friday, it will be from 7.30-10 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the shows will be at 3-5.30 pm and 7-9.30 pm.
At the final stop, Mumbai, the play will be staged at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir in Bandra West between 20 and 24 November. It is scheduled from 3-5.30 pm and 7-9.30 pm on weekends. On weekdays it will be from 7.30-10 pm.