7-12 September 2015
Reviewed by Michelle Llabani
Another extremely entertaining evening spent at the Derngate theatre watching Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
As always the Royal & Derngate is a joy to visit, situated in the centre of Northampton, easily reachable by either car or public transport. The Derngate auditorium is the perfect size, big enough to be atmospheric, but small enough to be intimate. Sitting in H row we were in the perfect position to get the best of the action, without any distractions.
The play, The Mousetrap, is set solely in one room, the drawing room of the Monkswell Guest House. The scene is set with a beautifully lit period room (dating back to the 1950’s when the play was first performed). The snow lightly falls outside the window and we meet Mrs Molly Ralston, the overeager new proprietor. As the act unfolds we meet a motley crew of characters, Giles, Molly’s husband, the super eccentric Christopher Wren, the very exacting Mrs Boyle, unassuming Mr Metcalfe, secretive Miss Casewell and the surprise guest Mr Paravicini. All is well until Sgt Trotter arrives on a mission to find the killer of an unfortunate lady in London, and then things take a turn for the worst.
Agatha Christie takes us on a journey into the human condition, into secrets and lies and people’s motivations. The story comes alive with the help of a stellar cast, led by a fantastic performance from Esther McAuley as Mollie Ralston. Her portrayal of the eager to please but nervy hostess is excellent. Other notable performances came from Anne Kavanagh as Mrs Boyle and Luke Jenkins as Sgt Trotter.
As anyone who has heard of The Mousetrap knows, the joy of the play is the big reveal… whodunnit. The play takes you through a number of twists and turns… leaves you doubting everyone and trusting no one. If you want a great evening at the theatre and to lose yourself in a story of loss and intrigue, you are definitely in the right place. It is no surprise that this long running classic is celebrating its 60 year anniversary this year.
Tickets cost from £11 to £30 (plus £2.50 transaction fee).
The Mousetrap is at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton until 12 September 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | 01604 624811