Review: The Mousetrap

PUBLISHED: 09:26 16 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 16 July 2015

Hester Arden stars as Miss Casewell

Hester Arden stars as Miss Casewell

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Agatha Christie’s world-famous The Mousetrap has taken Weston by storm this week.

The play, which is being performed at The Playhouse until Saturday, focuses on the death of Maureen Lyon in London.

Thirty miles away at Monkswell Manor Guest Hotel, the death dominates the newspapers but the connection does not seem to go any further.

However suspicion begins to focus on all the guests one by one, as secrets lurch behind every corner.

Hotel owners Mollie and Giles Ralston (Mark Homer) have only just opened for business, but it is fair to say that they will never forget their opening weekend.

Their guests include the eccentric Christopher Wren (Edward Elgood), the hard to please Mrs Boyle (Anne Kavanagh), the quiet Miss Casewell (Hester Arden), the elderly Major Metcalf (William Ilkley) and the foreign Mr Paravicini (Jonathan Sidgwick).

The audience suspects one character after the other as the police investigate what happened, building up to a shocking conclusion as the killer is finally revealed.

The superb staging and acting makes it a truly wonderful play to go and watch.

Sidgwick’s Italian accent is perhaps a bit over the top, but it was the smallest of negatives of what was an incredible night of theatre at The Playhouse.

The acting is incredibly strong and makes the audience feel they really are in the guest house themselves and a the heart of the action.

Agatha Christie’s superb script means it is a highly-entertaining evening.

The Playhouse continues to go from strength to strength and enticing shows such as The Mousetrap, which has been a West End fixture since the 1950s, is a coup that should not be underestimated.

The Mousetrap will be performed at 7.30pm daily until Saturday. There will also be matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets, priced £23.50-28.50, to see this rare visit of a timeless classic are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or online at www.theplayhouse.co.uk

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