The Mousetrap, Review | Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The iconic, and long running, murder mystery play heads into Northampton’s Royal Theatre until 9 Feb 2019.


The Mousetrap is THE famous Agatha Christie play and is the longest running show in theatre history. First seen on the 6th October 1952 in Nottingham, The Mousetrap continues to pull in the crowds and is the ultimate whodunnit! In September 2018 the cast celebrated the amazing milestone of 27,500 performances.

The murder mystery is set in a country house cut off from the outside world by snow. The assembled group realise with horror a murderer is in their midst and the play is about revealing who this mysterious and dangerous person could be!

Starring Gwyneth Strong, who is best known for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses, as Mrs Boyle, the cast also includes David Alcock (Mr Paravacini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Caswell).

The staging was impeccable and I loved the details – the snow falling outside the stained-glass window added real depth and you could really imagine an aged country house blocked of by the extreme weather. The play had many clever little layers to the plot;  a telephone call from the police, the unexpected Mr Paravicini, the sad story of three foster children, a London newspaper and bus ticket. These little details build up so you are unsure who the culprit could be.

Gwyneth Strong was good as the cantankerous Mrs Boyle and I would have liked to have seen even more of this character. I thought the character of Christopher Wren was unique and a stand out role. There was a good mixture of tension and suspense with the added twist of ‘Three blind mice’.

Did I guess the murderer? Happily, I did not.

The murderer is a closely guarded secret so get down to the theatre if you want to know who performed the deadly deed.

Performance: Monday 4 Feb 2019, Royal & Derngate, Northampton


You can catch The Mousetrap at Royal & Derngate, Northampton until 9 February. Northampton is only the 2nd stop on a nationwide tour which ends 5th October in Cardiff.


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Mum of 2 finding humour in parenting.  I love reviewing days out with kids especially in & around Northamptonshire.  Fuelled by tea (sometimes wine!) and constantly driving the kids about hence Life in the Mum's lane.