A mousetrap is a small tool for catching and killing mice. It consists of five main pieces: the base or platform, the catch, the spring, the hammer and the holding bar. Of course, to attract mice, you also need some bait which is usually a piece of cheese.

Here is a picture illustrating the different parts of a mousetrap:

And here is a picture of a brave mouse on a “mission impossible”:

But this post is not about a mousetrap; it is about “The Mousetrap”, a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie.

The play opened in London’s West End in 1952 and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any play in history. Its 25,000th performance took place on 18 November 2012.

The story is set in the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor, in what Christie described as “the present”. It is about a group of people who have gathered together in a remote part of the countryside and discover that there is a murderer among them. The question, obviously, is which one of them is the murderer.

But the play has a twist ending, and the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside the theatre, so that the end of the play is not spoilt for future audiences.

Want to know more about the mousetrap? Here is a short video:

Are you interested in murder mysteries and detective stories? Who’s your favourite writer? Have you read any Agatha Christie books or watched any films based on her books? Have you seen The Mousetrap? If not, would you like to see it?

Feel free to talk about it in the comments…