Agatha Christie’s record breaking The Mousetrap

In November 2017 Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap celebrated its Blue Sapphire Anniversary: 65 years of the nation’s best-loved murder mystery. When the show first opened in 1952 Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, tea and sugar were rationed and Queen Elizabeth II had been on the throne for less than a year. Since that time, more than ten million people have kept the secret of the legendary show by the greatest crime writer of them all. This April the show also marks 60 since becoming the world’s longest-running production.

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.

A member of Kensington Mums Valentina recently was invited to watch the Mousetrap London. She shares with us her honest review.

I was delighted to attend a grown ups West End show during school holidays’ week…the perfect excuse to escape the crazyness of two weeks of full time child care.

I almost forgot the last time I went to a theatre show that didn’t involve a Gruffalo  or some puppets so here I am on a mid week afternoon date with a very good friend and…yes, her two grown up boys.

The St Martin’s theater is nicely hidden in West street, just a few minutes walk from Leicester Square station, conveniently sitting in front of the Ivy restaurant if you fancy a posh and very english supper after a quintessentially British show.

Upon entering this small theatre you can almost smell the mid century look with shiny oak paneling and dark carpets. Lovely!

Fortunate enough to be greeted as a VIP guests on behalf of Kensington Mums, as we decided to grab a quick complimentary drink, sit back and let the show begin.

What a beauty! The stage was incredibly original, probably dating back to the 70’s when the production went on show here at the St Martins theatre for the first time moving from the nearby Ambassadors theatre which launched the show in 1952.

The set felt very nostalgic, cosy and comfortable so I couldn’t wait to see the first actors in action.

This world famous play by Agatha Christie is about a group of strangers meeting at this rather dark countryside Manor hosted by a sweet couple who recently started a Guest’s house business.

A snowstorm is falling outside which translates in a bunch of very peculiar charachters dealing with each other’s personalities and life problems.

Suddenly they discover a murderer is amongst them when a quiet strict detective arrives in the snow storm with his skys and starts questioning each one of them trying to get  some clues to unveil the mistery.

The detective reveals that a notebook found at the murder scene contained the address of Monkswell Manor and the words Three Blind Mice

Everyone denies a connection to the case, though the host, Mrs Ralston seems uncomfortable during the questioning and quickly disappears in the kitchen.

Detective Trotter asks each of the guests to explain why they are at Monkswell Manor but all guests deny any personal knowledge of the case.

As the evening wears on, Giles and Mollie, the hosts become suspicious of each other while the guests snipe at one another. Sergeant Trotter finds out the phone line has been cut and the most annoying guest, Mrs Boyle, wanders back into the empty room listening to the old radio.

The opening notes of “Three Blind Mice” are heard whistled somewhere in the house and Mrs Boyle responds without any surprise to a speaking person only she can see.

Suddenly, the lights go out and a scuffle is heard. Moments later Mrs Boyle is dead on the floor.

This is when sergeant Trotter takes charge of the house and gathers all guests in one room; here we get each other’s story about their whereabouts during the murder but their stories all sound very confused making everybody feel very uncertain of who could really be the killer.

Suspance builds up until when the mistery is unveiled towards the end but the actors traditionally ask not to reveal the secret to anyone outside that room.

I was almost emotional at the end of this simple but quiet elaborate thriller play; I genuinely loved it and almost felt the need to stay there and watch it again!

I have been suggesting all my friends and family the view of this brilliantly old fashion show since this afternoon and don’t be surprised if this has been the world longest running play of all times!

I really enjoyed the show and highly recommend it.

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