Primghar Community Playhouse

The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie
March 30, 31; April 1, 2001
Primghar Community Building.
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Giles and Mollie Ralston, operate Monkswell Manor, a boarding house outside of London. They have just opened their home to visitors and unknowingly have harbored a murderer. A blinding snowstorm has trapped the eccentric travelers, who are unaware of the heinous crime about to take place. When a murder is committed, each of them is under suspicion, and it is up to Detective Sergeant Trotter, to solve the crime.


Scene 1: The Great Hall at Monkswell Manor. Late afternoon
Scene 2: The same. The following day after lunch
The same. Ten minutes later
Time: the present (1952)

Directed by Tracy Lenz; Asst. Directors: B. Uittenbogaard, R. Brinkert

The play was first performed at the Ambassador Theater, London, England, on November 25, 1952. A play of the same name is the play-within-a-play within Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Contact SAMUEL FRENCH, INC., 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010 for scripts.

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