Review: The Mousetrap at Lynn Corn Exchange

The Mousetrap anniversary tour production, picture by Hugo Glendinning
The Mousetrap anniversary tour production, picture by Hugo Glendinning
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The world’s longest running show opened at Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday night. Yes, it has to be Dame Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” which actually celebrates its 64th anniversary this year, and it’s still going strong.

This particular show is the 60th anniversary touring production and stars Louise Jameson (Eastenders, Doctor Who, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle, along with a cast of very good actors, some of which you may recognise from television. The production feels very atmospheric, and the quality of the cast does an amazing job of drawing the audience into the story.

Without giving too much away, for anyone who hasn’t seen the play, the plot is centred on a group of people who check into a guest house during a snow storm. There’s murder, mystery and even a little comedy and you’ll find yourself changing your mind constantly throughout. We all like to try and guess “whodunit” after all.

This play is a classic, and it’s not hard to see why. The production is a little over two hours long and, thanks to the ability of the actors, it’s thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Each of the characters in the play has a unique personality, and their quirks and nuances are portrayed beautifully.

There is a good amount of chemistry within the cast too, and this adds to the way the story unfolds. There are also plenty of “edge of your seat” moments, and you often find yourself empathising with the characters.

The show is only running at the Corn Exchange until Saturday, so you’d better get in quick if you want to catch it. For anyone that does go, you’re in for a real treat, as this particular production is of the highest quality. It’s really very good indeed!

Call the box office on 01553 764864 or visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk for performance details and tickets.