Theatre History on Tour

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap: Devonshire Park Theatre, 8 – 13th June 2015

Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest running production of any kind in the history of theatre. It’s been on stage in the West End continuously since 1952 and has been performed over 25,000 times!

An air of secrecy and conspiracy surrounds the play’s plot, and only those who’ve seen it will ever know the answers. No films are allowed to be made of the play whilst the show is running, and only one tour has ever brought the play to your doorstep – this one.  For this week only, you can catch The Mousetrap at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park and be a part of theatre’s history. 

With a strong cast, immersive set, and an intriguing plot line that includes a rich mix of humour and suspense, this is perhaps the best murder mystery I’ve seen performed at the Devonshire Park.  Fans of Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries should not miss this opportunity, and it is equally appealing to those who enjoy good, traditional theatre, too.

For me, I felt that The Mousetrap was beginning to show its age in many ways.  The ‘present day’ setting is clearly stuck in its original 1950s manifestation, and so the characters and their relationships seemed somewhat stereotypical and outdated for a contemporary audience – although various references to the state of poverty and politics remain sadly current and unchanged.  Traditional realistic sets are immersive and contain the action like the square box of a television, but they can also restrict the imaginative interaction between the audience and the play. 

However, the cast and production team have faithfully reproduced the undisputed theatrical success of The Mousetrap on this tour.  Overall, it was a great opportunity for me to experience a piece of theatre history that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to see, and I’m glad that I did.  This is traditional theatre at its best, and it’s here for a limited time only – catch The Mousetrap at Devonshire Park this week for a top West End experience by the sea!


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