Last night The Bloke and I were invited to the Press Night performance of The Mousetrap at the Alexandra Theatre.
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country guesthouse 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…
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest continuously-running play in history and has broken a whole slew of records, having been performed in London since 1952.
Comprising of just a small cast of eight, each are incredibly talented performers in their own right. Harriet Hare as Mollie Ralston, Nick Biadon as Giles Ralston are the central couple and owners of the new guesthouse, with a wonderful chemistry as a young, newly married couple.
Lewis Chandler delights as the wonderfully camp Christopher Wren – with superb comic timing he keeps the audience guessing as to his motives behind his interactions with the other characters, while providing plenty of laugh out loud moments, which were beautifully done.
Joined by the most recognisable member of the cast – Susan Penhaligon as the snooty and opinionated Mrs Boyle, John Griffiths as Major Metcalf, Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen as the guarded Miss Caswell, David Alcock as the eccentric and rather sinister Mr Paravicini and Geoff Arnold as the central character SGT Trotter, the actors masterfully command the stage in a classic whodunnit that leaves the audience guessing right until the very end.
As is traditional, the audience were asked at the the end of performance not to reveal the killer to anyone outside of the theatre, as it was a particular dislike of Christie’s that plots of her works were revealed in reviews.
The set is beautiful and an exact copy of the one used at St Martin’s Theatre, but this was – for me at least – the only comparison to the performance that I saw in London several years ago. I actually considerably preferred this version – the pace seemed quicker, the characters a little more comedic and, at times, over-exaggerated. It is certainly worth seeing at least once in a lifetime, and this is the perfect performance to do so.
The Mousetrap will be at The Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 16th November – to purchase your ticket visit here: https://www.atgtickets.com/times/the-mousetrap/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/2019-11-12
Disclaimer: The Bloke and I were given complimentary tickets to the performance, but were under no obligation to provide a positive review.
Remember watching The Mousetrap a long-time ago!
What did you think, Ritu?
Oh gosh, it was such a long time ago, I don’t even remember! 🤣
Gosh. I saw this on my 21st birthday and my father saw it for HIS 21st birthday in 1953!
I remember seeing this in London over 20 years ago now in a really old theatre. Love Agatha Christie Mysteries. 🙂
I think it may still be in the same theatre haha! How are you?
Oh really?? Wow!
I’m good thanks Suzie. My son just turned 18 and finished high school so we have been quite busy recently. And now getting ready to head off to Europe for our first white Christmas. Lots to write on the blog soon! Hope you’ve been well too. X
Oh fabulous! Where are you off to?
Italy to see family and then north to Austria and Germany 😊
I saw the mousetrap in London and loved it! So fun that they are performing other places.
I took my mum to see it a few years ago in London – really pleased you enjoyed it! It’s part of their 2019 tour and I think I actually preferred it to the London one – it seemed to be much funnier and a little more camp
Had to smile at this post…I saw the Mousetrap in London on my honeymoon, 42 years ago this month.
Aww how lovely! And congrats – 42 years is amazing. What did you think of the play?
I didn’t love it, but that trip to London got me hooked on theatre. My all time favourite West End show was/is Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom 🙂
Ooh I’ve never seen that!
I thought it was amazing , but the critics didn’t agree 😦 There was talk of it coming to N.Y. and Toronto, but that never happened.
Odd coincidence; I’m on a cruise ship now in Greece and last night they did a “Songs from Stage and Screen”… and up popped a song from “Love Never Dies”… Guess I’m not the only one who liked it 🙂
I think that it is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to review…
How was the cruise?
Good. Didn’t want to come home to the cold and the snow 🙂
i can imagine!