Agatha Christie fans were out in full force on Monday 21 March 2016, all ready to solve a murder in the opening night of Britain’s longest running play, The Mousetrap, at Everyman Theatre.
Celebrating over 60 years on stage, I was one of the few members in the audience who didn’t know the big secret of this murder mystery, so I had my detective hat firmly on, determined to avoid the writer’s inevitable red herrings.
Set entirely in one room and boasting the stylish décor of a grand guest house, with cosy chairs, a warming fire and plenty of period props, the Everyman’s stage was transformed into a welcoming living room, inviting the audiences in for a comfortable evening at the theatre.
The audience was abuzz with discussion, and everyone had their finger pointed at a different character, sure of their reasons.
With plenty of witty dialogue and gentle humour, the script offered a straight-forward and pleasant retelling of this iconic play, with just a dash of horror added in when the first victim hit the floor.
With the sort of convincing acting that you’d expect for a 60th anniversary production, the cast delivered their lines perfectly, offering the kind of quintessentially British drama that would rival that of Downton Abbey.
While featuring award-winning actress, Louise Jameson, who played the part of the judgemental Mrs Boyle, a special mention must go to Oliver Gully, who brought life to the stage as the young, peculiar yet entirely likable chap, Christopher Wren.
During the first interval, the audience was abuzz with discussion, and everyone had their finger pointed at a different character, sure of their reasons.
However, the play’s tagline, ‘Suspect Everyone’, rang true, with each character a plausible suspect.
While I will keep my promise to the actors, who asked the audience not to reveal the secret of The Mousetrap in keeping with the longstanding tradition, the climax built up to an enjoyable reveal, before tying everything up nicely.
Providing a ‘does-what-it-says-on-the-tin’ night at the theatre, this classic murder mystery provides Agatha Christie fans with an amusing and satisfying version of The Mousetrap, while offering an enjoyable blend of drama, suspense and light bit of fun for those looking for a night out.
By Alice Lloyd
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