REVIEW The Mousetrap, New Alexandra Theatre

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Everyone loves a good whodunnit don’t they? It’s the dark gift that just keeps on giving. 

So it’s no surprise as to why Agatha Christie’s murder mystery production, The Mousetrap has continued to win over audiences across the country for 60 years.

Currently on the final leg of its anniversary tour, the world’s longest-running stage production is the stage show that keeps you guessing right until the very end.

When Molly – played by Fortitude’s Anna Andresen – and her husband, Giles (Sound of Music’s Nick Barclay) open up their very own guest house, everything takes a very dark turn after they find themselves locked inside Monkswell Manor following a blizzard with their residents.

As the guests arrive one by one the sinister tale of The Mousetrap begins to unfold. First through the door is Christopher Wren, the incredibly eccentric architect played by Oliver Gully. Gully won the audience over with ease, his character lead the way in this production with his childish personality and humour made completely him loveable.

Next through the doors of Monkswell Manor is the rather stern Mrs Boyle, portrayed by Sarah Whitlock, she’s followed by Major Metcalfe (Tony Boncoza) a retired army general, Miss Casewell, who upholds a rather restrained personality, and the final guest welcomed into Monkswell is rather mysterious Mr Paravicini, played by Gregory Cox.

But it’s not until the arrival of policeman Sgt Trotter (Lewis Collier) – who is determined to crack the case – that The Mousetrap really gets into its stride. A killer lies amongst the characters trapped inside Monkswell, but who it is remains a complete mystery – eight different characters, all very different personalities and stories.

Yet it’s not all dark; the production features whispers of humour, which makes light of the whole situation that rapidly unfolds all in the living room of the guest house.

The further you get in to The Mousetrap the more you begin to wonder who actually committed the crime, and I must admit that I found myself changing my mind and pointing my finger at different characters on numerous occasions.

True to the show the secret of The Mousetrap lies within the theatre. Who the murderer really is is for us to know and you to find out.

The Mousetrap runs until November 5, so why not head to the New Alexandra Theatre and solve the case yourself?

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