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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap @ The Lowry

Celebrating 70 years of intrigue, the Mousetrap continues its reign as the longest-running show in British theatre history, captivating audiences around the globe.

At The Lowry in Salford, Dame Agatha Christies timeless murder mystery unfolded on Monday night to a packed house. As the curtain rose on an opulent wood-panelled room, with the reference of snow falling heavily beyond the frosted windows, the scene was set for a group of guests booking into the newly opened Monkswell Manor Country House Hotel. 

However, their idyllic retreat quickly turns sinister as they find themselves trapped by a heavy snowstorm, with a murderer lurking amongst them. As secrets unravel and suspicions mount, the tension keeps the audience guessing.

While Christies 1952 play touches on political crisis, the productions strength lies in its faithful portrayal of her work. In fact, by bringing these iconic characters to life with skill and finesse, each performance from the cast demonstrates the beauty of ensemble theatre and there is not one performance that is not infused with depth and nuance. Hollie Sullivan (Barefoot In The Park, Private Lives) who played as an understudy for the young inexperienced Hotel owner, seamlessly fitted into the cast, whilst Gwyneth Strong (known for her roles in Ladies Of Letters,Only Fools & Horses, and Eastenders,) brings Mrs. Boyle to life with impeccable direct sarcasm.

Todd Carty (recognised from Eastenders,The Bill, and Spamalot) embodies Major Metcalf with brilliance, Amy Spinks, (known for her work in Shakespeare Nation and Babs Big Show,) effortlessly portrays the stand-offish Miss Casewell,

Steven Elliot (Frankenstein, The Crown) was great as the unpredictable Mr. Paravicini and Michael Ayiotis (Teechers Leaver’22, The Sun, The Mountain and Me) commanded the stage as Detective Sgt. Trotter with authoritative presence. Each actor delivers a standout performance, particularly Barnaby Jago (The Beast Of Blue Yonder) who portrayed the stereotypical 1950s middle-class husband, Giles Ralston, with pride and likeability and drove the narrative forward. However, a special mention most go to Shaun McCourt (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, War Horse) who plays the exuberant Christopher Wren with such a “zest” that he is an absolute joy to watch. His physical humour and infectious energy allowed the audience to laugh and is someone you immediately warm to.

The first half of the show is an absolute delight as it draws us in with its nostalgic charm and engaging storyline, and whilst the second act loses momentum somewhat, The Mousetrap remains the quintessential whodunit, setting the standard for mystery thrillers. Dont miss it at The Lowry from April 8th to 13th, 2024.

Happy Anniversary!

Dean Thomas- Lowde for Canal St Media

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Published: 9-Apr-2024 (7442)

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