History Theatre / TheMousetrap

11th Sep '17 11:24:05 PM mlsmithca
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* PlotTriggeringDeath: The events of the play are set in motion by the murder of Maureen Lyon, whose abuse of the three Corrigan siblings, to whom she and her husband were foster parents, led to the death of one of them. Several characters in the play, including the killer, are revealed to be connected to the Corrigan case.
11th Sep '17 11:13:10 PM mlsmithca
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* MinimalistCast: Due to the entire play taking place in ''a single room'' in the middle of a snowstorm.

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* MinimalistCast: Due to the entire play taking place in ''a single room'' in the middle of a snowstorm. There are just eight characters: Giles and Mollie Ralston, Christopher Wren, Major Metcalf, Mrs. Boyle, Miss Casewell, Mr. Paravicini, and Sgt. Trotter.
10th Sep '17 9:14:13 PM mlsmithca
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%%* AssholeVictim



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Mrs. Boyle]] is such a snobbish, callous, unlikeable character that few theatregoers shed tears at [[spoiler:her]] death at the end of the first act.



* TheButlerDidIt: A theatreland joke tells of a cab driver who, dropping his passengers off outside the theatre showing The Mousetrap and, feeling angry about not getting a tip, yells "The butler did it!" and drives off. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke relies on you knowing that]] [[AvertedTrope there isn't a butler in the play.]]

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* TheButlerDidIt: A theatreland joke tells of a cab driver who, dropping his passengers off outside the theatre showing The Mousetrap ''The Mousetrap'' and, feeling angry about not getting a tip, yells "The butler did it!" and drives off. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke relies on you knowing that]] [[AvertedTrope there isn't a butler in the play.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: While there are many {{Red Herring}}s scattered throughout the play, there are some genuine hints as to the killer's identity as well; one character's reaction in particular to the announcement that the Berkshire Police are sending Sgt. Trotter to the house foreshadows some of the biggest twists in the play's denouement.



%%* FunnyForeigner: Mr. Paravicini

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%%* * FunnyForeigner: Mr. ParaviciniParavicini is generally played with a comically over the top Italian accent and mannerisms, contributing to a sense that he may not be all he claims to be.
* HateSink: Mrs. Boyle serves this purpose - she is a universally unliked, unpleasable elitist old nagger.



* HateSink: Mrs. Boyle serves this purpose - she is a universally unliked, unpleasable elitist old nagger.



%%* SplitPersonality. Hinted at.

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%%* SplitPersonality. Hinted at.* SplitPersonality: It is hinted the killer may have a split personality as a result of a traumatic past experience. The personality of the killer is the one who underwent the trauma, while the personality they display in their cover identity was developed as a defence against said trauma.
31st Aug '17 6:46:03 PM foxley
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* PosthumousCharacter: Maureen Lyon, whose murder is heard (but not seen) at the start of the play.



%%* ThisIsReality

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%%* ThisIsReality* ThisIsReality: How the other characters react to Paravicini commenting on the action unfolding around them as if it was a mystery story.
31st Aug '17 6:19:26 PM foxley
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* FosteringForProfit: It is mentioned that PosthumousCharacter Maureen Lyon and her husband had used their three foster children as essentially slave labour on their farm, with their ill-treatment resulting in the death of one of the children.



%%* HateSink: Mrs. Boyle serves this purpose - she is a universally unliked, unpleasable elitist old nagger.

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%%* * HateSink: Mrs. Boyle serves this purpose - she is a universally unliked, unpleasable elitist old nagger.



%%* OldDarkHouse

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%%* OldDarkHouse* OldDarkHouse: The play is set in Monkswell Manor, a sprawling manor house converted into a guesthouse.
4th Jun '17 2:28:05 PM nombretomado
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* DoNotSpoilThisEnding: At the end of the play, the audience is asked not to spoil the ending. No film adaptation (or any other adaptation, for that matter) is allowed to be made while the play is still running. Mass market publication of the script is not allowed in the United Kingdom either. Since it's been running for ''sixty years'', it's likely no adaptation will ever see the light of day. As a matter of fact, TVTropes ain't spoiling either. Got that?

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* DoNotSpoilThisEnding: At the end of the play, the audience is asked not to spoil the ending. No film adaptation (or any other adaptation, for that matter) is allowed to be made while the play is still running. Mass market publication of the script is not allowed in the United Kingdom either. Since it's been running for ''sixty years'', it's likely no adaptation will ever see the light of day. As a matter of fact, TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes ain't spoiling either. Got that?
13th May '17 2:40:16 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* RedHerring: Take a shot every time there's one of these and you'll be passed out by the end of the first act.

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* RedHerring: Take a shot every time there's one of these and you'll be passed out unconscious by the end of the first act.
10th May '17 8:19:22 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* RedHerring: Take a shot every time there's one of these and you'll be passed out by the end of the first act.
10th May '17 8:07:46 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* EveryoneIsASuspect: There is a reason why the tagline for the play in the brochures is, "Suspect Everyone".

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* EveryoneIsASuspect: There is a reason why the tagline for the play in the brochures is, "Suspect Everyone". The only person not played up at possibly being the murder is Mollie.
10th May '17 8:06:37 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: The killer manages to strangle [[spoiler: Mrs. Boyle]] to death in about five seconds.
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