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THEATRE REVIEW: FTN reviews Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap at The Grand Opera House, Belfast

September 9th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap
At The Grand Opera House, Belfast
Mon 08 Sep – Sat 13 Sep 2014
Get more info on their site HERE

The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre – with almost 25,000 performances it’s a play to be proud of. The production is coming back to Belfast after it’s sell out run in 2012 with a star cast to give you another opportunity to see this masterpiece.

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Monkswell Manor, a beautiful old country manor house is about to open on its first day as a guest house under owners Giles and Mollie Ralston. Little do they realise that in a few hours their guest house will cut off by a blizzard and more worryingly, a killer will be amongst them and their guests…

The Mouse Trap, celebrating its 60th anniversary, once again brings murder and suspense to the boards of The Grand Opera House, Belfast. Its script has remained virtually unchanged since its first performance in London, though there are a few comedic lines that have been inserted that brings new life into this masterpiece.

All of the characters are on full display with frayed nerves and murder in someone’s eye; the young married couple, the youthful and exuberant bounder, the world weary Major, the cantankerous old biddy, the young lady (fresh from her travels abroad) and the Police Sgt. All of whom will play out their parts, revealing snippets of their pasts and even carrying out the foul deed itself.

The Mouse Trap is a one room play which has been expertly created with period-esque furniture, props and soft furnishings to give it a wonderful manor home feel (there is even a glowing fire and snow covered windows! It’s this detail that really adds another character to the performers on stage.

For a play that holds the record for the most number of performances, The Mouse Trap is as fresh and chilling as when it was first seen many years ago; definitely an opportunity that should not be missed!

4 out 5 Nerds

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