Broadway Baby

With the London production now spanning over 25,000 performances, it is clear that Agatha Christie’s play—set in the secluded, snow-bound Monkswell Manor Guest House where a murderer may be lurking—has a definitive penchant for drawing in audiences, and this new tour for 2016 brings all the elements from the West End show to audiences around the country.

The design of the warm and cozy scenery clashes gracefully with the ruthless and brutish on-stage antics.

Much of the opening of the play consists of young-ish proprietors Mollie (Anna Andresen) and Giles Ralston (Nick Barclay) meeting their new guests as they arrive. Each comes with their own distinguishable ticks, so we can quickly make up our own minds up about whom we like and whom we do not. The clashes between Christopher Wren (played with an almost Russell Kane-like amiability by Oliver Gully) and the Anne Hegerty fierceness of Mrs Boyle, (portrayed with the perfect mix of snobbery and bullishness by Sarah Whitlock) give us our first drizzles of sporadic comedy within the play. Following an altercation with Miss Casewell (Amy Downham) and the wireless, it becomes clear that Mrs Boyle is not a popular guest.

The second Act of this on-stage puzzle is really where the performance comes alive. The arrival of Sergeant Trotter (Lewis Collier) cues a number of revelations about Mrs. Boyle and her involvement in an adoption case, nicknamed Three Blind Mice. The eccentric Mr. Paravicini (Gregory Cox) and the highly reserved Major Metcalf (Tony Boncza) join the others in following Trotter’s instructions of retracing each others steps, which is where the plot reaches its climax and we discover who murdered Mrs. Boyle, and why.

The design of the warm and cozy scenery clashes gracefully with the ruthless and brutish on-stage antics. Nick Barclay makes us loath Giles Ralston for the way he treats his wife. Sgt Trotter’s occasional incompetence is displayed with a sense of vulnerability by Lewis Collier. Commendations for the actors could go on for pages but ultimately, this play’s success lies in its plot. Christie’s writing remains genius: it makes you think about the plot in ways that other writers do not. It ignites discussion during the interval and after the show. This production happily confirms why this play has enjoyed such longevity and is so well appreciated by audiences.


12th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
13th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
14th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
15th Sep 20162:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
15th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
16th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
17th Sep 20162:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
17th Sep 20167:30pmTheatre Royal Glasgow
282 Hope Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Blurb

The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller returns! The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 25,000 performances and now the 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand following a record breaking sell out week.

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.



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