The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal, Norwich. April 2013.
This play has been on my 'would like to see' list for quite a while but because it shows no sign of closing in London it keeps slipping down this list. When the 60th Anniversary tour announced it was coming to Norwich it seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially as Mr Norfolkbookworm will come with me to the Theatre Royal.
As all audience members are sworn to secrecy regarding this play it isn't the easiest play to review. It wasn't helped by my reaction to it.
The set was beautiful, all the action takes place in the sitting room of a large house that has just been turned into a guest house, there are various entrances to this space and it evoked the late 1940s wonderfully.
The actors were all very good as well.
However I'm not sure if this was a straight comedic play or a farce. I do know that all the way through I was expecting the cast to break into song and or dance routines - a la Blakeney Players. To be honest I think that would have improved my enjoyment.
The script was beyond stilted and I guessed 'who dunnit' before the interval. I didn't even find it very funny. Perhaps this is the point?
I like Agatha Christie as a rule - one of the few crime writers I do like - but to be honest how this has survived 60 years is beyond me.