One of the greatest Whodunits of the 20th century, Agatha Christies Mousetrap returned to Poole last night at the start of a one week run as part of a UK tour. If like me you have seen it before then I promise you this production really is worth an excuse to see it again, if you have not seen it before then you are in for a treat.
Naturally I will not tell you who the murder is but the people sat behind me had clearly not seen it before and all three of them at the interval whilst I was enjoying my ice cream were discuss who they felt it was, they all guessed and they all got it wrong, it really is a masterpiece.
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.
This, like many a classic play, has a simple set which sets the scene perfectly, the costumes all fit in with the period set and the cast as you would expect in a high calibre production all play their parts full of enthusiasm. This cast includes Louise Jameson of Doctor Who fame who plays Mrs Boyal and Anna Andresen who plays Mollie Ralson who herself is used to many parts in murder mysteries having been cast in ITV’s Marple, BBC’s Silent witness and more recently in Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude. A special mention has to go to Oliver Gully who played Christopher Wren, he plays his part brilliantly.
This show comes highly recommended and is playing at Lighthouse Poole all this week ending its run on Saturday 5th March 2016. For show times and prices visit the Lighthouse website on www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or call the booking office on 01202 280 000
Other local venues you can catch the mousetrap are:
- Portsmouth – New Theatre Royal 14 – 19 March
- Yeovil – Octagon Theatre 23 – 28 May
- Salisbury – Playhouse 20 – 25 June