16-20 September 2014
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
The play The Mousetrap was written by Agatha Christie. It started life as Three Blind Mice a half hour BBC radio drama to celebrate Queen Mary’s 80th Birthday in 1947. It premièred in 1952 and ran in The Ambassadors Theatre for 22 years, then in St Martin’s Theatre for 40 years where it still runs today.
The Mousetrap is set in Monkswell Manor, a typical English country house in the midst of winter, where a snow storm traps its guests each with their own tale to tell. The arrival of Sergeant Trotter, on the trail of a London murder case, sets the cat amongst the pigeons as the plot cleverly twists to a surprising climax.
The audience are asked to keep the secret of The Mousetrap to continue the suspense for future theatregoers and to be honest it would not have been the same had I known the ending beforehand.
The play is acted by a cast of eight who were all equally strong, giving a faultless performance so should all be named: Helen Clapp (Mollie Ralston), Henry Luxemburg (Giles Ralston), Stephen Yeo (Christopher Wren), Anne Kavanagh (Mrs Boyle), Charlotte Latham (Miss Casewell), Christopher Gilling (Major Metcalf), Michael Fenner (Mr Paravicini) and Luke Jenkins (Sergeant Trotter).
No detail was spared in the scenery of The Mousetrap, allowing the audience to be involved, to feel they were sitting, playing detective, in the room along with the characters.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Mousetrap and wondered if it would be a bit heavy – it was anything but! I loved it and it was the perfect night of escapism I was looking for!
The Theatre Royal is a beautiful theatre and although warm, not as hot as some! It is currently undergoing renovations but this did not impact on my visit at all.
The Theatre is situated in the heart of Glasgow in close proximity to both bus and railway station. Cambridge Street carpark is only a few minutes walk from the theatre also.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £34.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Mousetrap is at the Theatre Royal Glasgow until 20 September 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647