Suspect Everyone in Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’
The world-renowned murder mystery The Mousetrap from Queen of Crime Dame Agatha Christie is playing Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Mon 16 – Sat 21 Mar.
Agatha Christie’s legendary murder mystery continues its record-breaking run in the West End where it’s now in its 68th year, with its national tour returning due to popular demand to thrill audiences across the country.
Television star Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance, Emmerdale) will play Mrs Boyle, alongside Martin Allanson (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Laura Costello (Miss Casewell), Steven Elliott (Mr Paravicini), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Edith Kirkwood (Mollie Ralston), Adam Lilley (Giles Ralston) and George Naylor (Christopher Wren).
Susan Penhaligon explains why she thinks the play is the longest-running:
‘It’s a perfect plot, it’s vintage with very recognisable period characters and it’s spooky. It’s great quality entertainment. I think it’s interesting to see an original play of hers, on the stage, rather than on TV, particularly as it was written for the theatre. It’s a different animal. But I think nowadays, because of the many TV Agatha’s, audiences are familiar with the world they are entering. The pact between actors and audience is made the moment the curtain goes up. I’m sure they think ‘Ah, we know where we are with this one’ and they relax. And the great thing is, no one knows who the murderer is. Unless you’ve been before!’
Directed by Gareth Armstrong, the tour will visit more than 80 venues in total as it continues throughout 2020. Gareth Armstrong (Director) has worked across the world as both a director and actor. He was an Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre where he directed classics including Shakespeare, Shaw and Chekov and modern works from Coward to Stoppard. He is a founding director of the Made in Wales Stage Company and previously an Associate Artist Director at the Salisbury Playhouse. Gareth most recently directed Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches seen in the West End and on UK tour. He has written and performed his own solo play, Shylock, which premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse and toured internationally for ten years.
Tickets to find out ‘whodunnit’ are available now. Call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or visit atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee).