Theatre Review: The Mousetrap

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Anne Kavanagh (Mrs Boyle), Stephen Yeo (Christopher Wren) and Christopher Gilling (Major Metcalf) in The Mousetrap.  Photo by Helen Maybanks Photography.

I recently had a really enjoyable night at the theatre seeing Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. I didn't really know anything about the story before I went, and in fact I was only aware of the name as Karl Pilkington once used it in a Rockbusters* clue (if you understand that reference then we can definitely be friends). To be honest though I think you'll enjoy it more the less you know....it is a classic whodunit after all!

I won't give away too much, since the twists and turns are what make it so intriguing, but I will say that it was a thoroughly entertaining 2 hours of theatre. The story is centered around a couple who have just opened a guest house and are welcoming their first guests - a real mix of interesting characters who all have their secrets. When news breaks of a nearby murder it's not long before everyone is under suspicion, and those secrets are revealed left right and centre in a bid to uncover the culprit. Thinking that sounds like a live action Cluedo? Well, it is!

The story had me gripped from beginning to end, mainly due to the superb acting from the whole cast. It's also genuinely funny too, with lots of laugh out loud moments, particularly from the characters Christopher Wren and Mr Paravicini. I'd definitely recommend going to see it if you can - the show is at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh until the 1st of November and then the tour continues in Carlisle, Blackpool, Dublin, Ipswich, Croydon, and Southend.

Luke Jenkins (Sargent Trotter) and Helen Clapp (Mollie Ralston) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.  Photo by Helen Maybanks Photography.

I received press tickets to see this show, however as always the review is my honest opinion and if I don’t like something I will tell you!

*The Rockbusters clue was “I went to see that play ‘Mousetrap’ the other night and the heating in the theatre was broken”. The answer was “Coldplay”. One of his better ones I must say….

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