REVIEW // The Mousetrap – Agatha Christie

On Monday night we went to watch The Mousetrap at The Baths Hall. Now the set was very professional and interesting but you can expect that from a large touring show I suppose.
Upon leaving the theatre I didn’t think I could do the play justice in review because it just wasn’t for us. There were quite a few giggles and laughs at certain parts of the show but not really our kind of humour. The actual play was obviously well rehearsed and the actors and actresses were good but it did seem to go on for a long time, which is when you find yourself thinking OK come on now you can’t drag it out much longer.
I was sort of distracted by the fact one of the main characters used to be in Eastenders years ago and it took me half the play to figure out where I knew his face from.
For theatre and murder mystery lovers this play is probably a good watch so that is why I am going to hand over to young Jamie Pugh, who visited the Wednesday showing so he can give you his view and insight into the show as he really enjoyed it.

Guest review: Jamie Pugh

With almost 25,000 performances to its name, The Mousetrap is currently celebrating its Diamond Anniversary (60 years) and has done so in style with its very first ever UK tour. I was excited to find out that the show would visit my local theatre – The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe – and HAD to book a ticket in November. The London production at the St. Martins Theatre continues to play whilst a separate company took the show on tour.

The play is based on a short story which, at Christie’s request, has not been published within the UK – I expect so it doesn’t ruin the plot for the play. The show pre-dates the Lawrence Olivier Award’s so it was never nominated for an Award.

Written by Agatha Christie, the play originally opened in 1952 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham and has some pretty odd rules to it, one in particular that a film adaptation of The Mousetrap is not allowed to be produced until the West-End production has been closed for at least 6 months.

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.

Plays aren’t for everyone. Some may say The Mousetrap is boring and tedious, but I think The Mousetrap is a fresh, wonderful piece of theatre which contains theatre’s best-kept secret which is … something you’ll have to go find out for yourself.

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