The Mousetrap is the longest-running show in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London since it opened in the West End in 1952.
The play recently went on tour to celebrate its 60th anniversary, allowing people to see Agatha Christie’s famous murder-mystery at local theatres. Now the tour is back by popular demand!
Our journalist Tom Milsted visited Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to give his verdict.
“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.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.”
– from the official tour website: mousetrapontour.com
The moment the curtains are raised, you cannot help but be struck by the immersive feel of the set.
True to the London original’s design, you feel you’re inside this creaky, dull-lit guest house . You’re not so much as fly on the wall as sat on the sofa next to a dysfunctional group of possible murderers.
The plot is deeply involving, with a stunning climax. There are sterling performances from all, especially the detestable Mrs. Boyle, the melodramatic but charming Mr. Paravicini, and the initially irritating but ultimately lovable Christopher Wren.
Go to see this long running piece of British heritage as it tours the UK, but remember to “keep the secret of ‘whodunit’ locked in your hearts.”
With thanks to Alison Trimming at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre