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July 15th - July 20th
Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre.
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?
One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.
Television star Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance, Emmerdale) will join the cast as Mrs Boyle, alongside David Alcock (Mr Paravicini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Casewell).
“The cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre” The Telegraph
“A truly entertaining classic thriller” The Sunday Times
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
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Rather like any Great British institution, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap finds itself embedded in the psyche of the nation, as witnessed by the fact that it is still touring some 67 years after it first was staged at the Ambassadors Theatre in London when it opened with Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim (and is still the longest running show in history). All pretty amazing considering Agatha Christie had no high hopes for the play and reckoned on giving it a life of just eight months and was as baffled as anyone at the show's enduring appeal.
The cast for this tour stars Susan Penhaligon, David Alcock, Geoff Arnold, Nick Biadon, Lewis Chandler, John Griffiths, Harriet Hare and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen. And one of these doesn't even make it to the second half...
The red herrings come flying thick and fast (the first one slaps you in the face within a couple of minutes of the play opening) and conceits, secrets and accusations abound as the visitors to and owners of a new guest house try to come to terms with the fact that two of them will be dead by the end and the killer is apparently already in their midst.
All the action takes place on a single set with various other rooms mentioned as locations where the inhabitants happened to be when the murder(s) took place so no-one is in the clear and everyone is potentially the killer or the victim.
This is a good robust performance of the play - with a lot of funny elements too, particularly those involving the character of Christopher Wren - with the audience kept guessing until the end (unless you have seen it before, of course!) when the theme of Three Blind Mice comes to its natural conclusion with the killer revealed as...
So who did do it? Well, in the long-held tradition of the play, the audience is sworn to secrecy before the final curtain falls so there is only one way to find out...
Spare a thought too for actress Nancy Seabrooke. On retiring from the show in 1994, she had been understudy for 6,240 performances but was called upon to take the role of Mrs Boyle just 72 times - an average of 5 per year over the 15 years she was involved in the show. Now that is dedication to the cause!
Absolutely brilliant show - thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommended for a brilliant summers evening entertainment. cast fabulous and entertaining.
Another Fabulous night out With the Classic a Play you must go and see
Look out for a very very fine performance from Lewis Chandler as
Don't miss it .
A very enjoyable performance- don't miss it!
Sorry but I found this to be a very slow and irritating production, which was sad because I'm a great fan of Agatha Christie and have always wanted to see it. I found the whole thing to be terribly overacted, the characters almost caricatured in every instance. Mrs Boyle bellowed her way through her lines which was totally unnecessary, we got the point as soon as she walked on to the stage, cantankerous, pompous etc..She didn't have to bellow to get her point across. Mollie Ralston had occasion high pitched episodes too, almost made my ears bleed at times. Christopher Wren? Couldn't make out what was going on there. Gay obviously, but sooo stereotyped, cooking, interior design, girl's best friend, is that how he was characterised by Agatha Christie or has it been brought up to date? Terrible ending too. In all, a very disappointing experience. Will not be recommending
Attended the 7:30 pm performance on the 18 July 2019 of The Mousetrap. My wife and I have never been to such a boring theatre production the acting was so wooden totally bored us to tears. Very disappointed by the performance which we had been looking forward too so much. The performance was so bad we did not return to the auditorium after the interval along with many other patrons of the theatre who also left theatre at the same time as my wife and I. Neither my wife or I have ever walked out of a theatre mid performance before in over nearly 50 years of going to theatre performances. I am afraid we were both totally disgusted at this inept production and feel we wasted the £62 we paid for our Row C seats in the circle.
Very enjoyable and very well performed only ruined by an inconsiderate person behind us