Review: The Mousetrap, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Theatre prev pix 9/6/16

Theatre prev pix 9/6/16 - Credit: Archant

A review of the play's opening night at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is currently at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.Tony Boncza (Major Met

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is currently at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.Tony Boncza (Major Metcalf), Oliver Gully (Christopher Wren) and Anna Andresen (Mollie Ralston) in The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (13) - Credit: Archant

I'm not really a theatre goer but for years my family had spoken about going to London to see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. So I jumped at the opportunity when the King's Lynn Corn Exchange announced dates.

The Mousetrap has had the longest initial run of any play spanning 64 years and recently celebrated its 26,000th performance - yet the production has never been on tour before.

As soon as the red curtain revealed the traditional set of Monkswell Manor, I immediately felt immersed in the setting of a murder mystery classic.

For me, the highlights were the clarity of the writing and the execution of the characters, particularly in scenes when each one reveals their life experiences to the audience and the gasp of the audience when the murderer is revealed.

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I have to admit, I did struggle with 'Christopher Wren' initially, as did acquaintances I bumped into during the interval - so I felt reassured this wasn't my lack of theatre-going experience getting in the way.

But after the break his over-the-top flamboyancy was toned down considerably and the character seemed much more true.

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• The Mousetrap runs until Saturday. Tickets are available through the Box Office.

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