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The Mousetrap

The murderer comes to the guesthouse where snowbound visitors are trapped. He calls himself Sergeant Trotter and says he is a police investigator. In fact, he is only pretending to be a police...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017 3:28 pm UTC

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In a surprise ending to the play, the murderer is revealed to be police detective Trotter. However, Trotter is an assumed name, and the man is actually not a police detective at all. It comes out...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 4:58 pm UTC

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Agatha Christie's classic who-done-it, The Mousetrap, is celebrating its 67th year (eight months shy of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) of being the longest-running play in the world, with over...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 6:51 pm UTC

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A red herring is literally a smoked herring fish. Smoking a herring turns its flesh red. Samuel Pepys of diary fame in England in the 1660s records that one day he ate red herring for breakfast...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 1:42 pm UTC

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The ages of the characters in Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap play a key role in the plot. The initial murder in the play is the revenge of a mistreated foster child, George Corrigan, for the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2015 5:37 am UTC

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In The Mousetrap, the action occurs at Monkswell Manor, where Mollie and Giles Ralston are preparing for the arrival of their dinner guests, fretting over the effect the blizzard raising outside...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 12:50 pm UTC

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Christie's play began as a radio play titled Three Blind Mice. She had to give it a new title when she adapted it for the stage because there was already a play with that name. The new title, The...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2008 8:34 am UTC

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The architect Christopher Wren is the first paying guest at Mollie and Guy's new guest house. Immediately, Christopher and Mollie hit it off, though Guy is somewhat nonplussed, with the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 10:50 am UTC

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In 1947, famed mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote a half-hour radio play, Three Blind Mice, which was broadcast as part of an evening of radio programs in honor of Queen Mary of England's...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2020 1:16 pm UTC

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In Agatha Christie's murder mystery play The Mousetrap, Mrs. Boyle is one of the guests at Monkswell Manor, an old home newly-refurbished as a guest house. Mrs. Boyle is a pompous, pretentious,...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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Another brutal murder has taken place at 24 Culver Street; Mrs. Boyle has been strangled. Already on the scene due to investigate the murder of Maureen Lyon, Sergeant Trotter questions all of the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 9:33 am UTC

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That's a very good question and one that successive generations of critics have been asking themselves. To date, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been running continuously in London's theater...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 7:59 am UTC

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The setting for Agatha Christie’s murder mystery play The Mousetrap is the Great Hall of a house in the UK called Monkswell Manor, which has been converted to a guest house. Many of the props and...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 2:54 am UTC

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In The Mousetrap, newlyweds Giles and Mollie Ralston have inherited a large estate called Monkswell Manor. The action of the play takes place in its Great Hall. To generate some regular income,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 5:51 am UTC

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On the first day of the opening of Monkswell Manor, the winter weather has resulted in dangerous, icy conditions. A severe snowstorm is occurring outside as Mollie and Giles Raston prepare for the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 7:17 pm UTC

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This play may be difficult for ESL students with all the idioms and references to cultural knowledge. I would go with something like Amy Tan's excerpts of her books and then watch the film,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2007 1:01 am UTC

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The play opens in act 1, scene 1, with news of a murder in London where the murdered person was heard screaming as the tune "Three Blind Mice" played. Meanwhile, in the country, Mollie and Giles...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 11:53 am UTC

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In an early scene of Agatha Christie’s hit play, The Mousetrap, the quirky young man Christopher Wren is the first guest to arrive at a newly opened guesthouse called Monkswell Manor. The...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 2:10 am UTC

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Are you factoring in your breaks and the times you stop to give direction? Have you done a run-through, in which you do the play from start to finish with no breaks? That will give you a good sense...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2008 4:04 pm UTC

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