Theatre Review: THE MOUSETRAP – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of THE MOUSETRAP UK Tour. Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Driven by a strong cast performance, THE MOUSETRAP continues to enthral with its timeless blend of mystery, humour, and intriguing characters.

4 out of 5 stars

Celebrating over 70 years, it’s easy to see why Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP is the world’s longest-running play. Its timeless blend of mystery, humour, and intriguing characters has kept audiences on the edge of their seats since its premiere in 1952. And, as this latest tour demonstrates, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Set in the 1950s, THE MOUSETRAP follows a group of seven strangers who end up trapped in a remote countryside guesthouse following a snowstorm. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover that a killer is in their midst. But which one is the murderer, and who will be the next victim?

This touring production stays true to the original, with a beautifully designed set that evokes the era and a plot that moves swiftly, thanks to directors Ian Talbot and Denise Silvey.

Todd Carty as Major Metcalf in THE MOUSETRAP. Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

The cast delivers outstanding performances, bringing depth to their roles. EASTENDERS and THE BILL’s Todd Carty shines as Major Metcalf, blending strength with a touch of humour, while Gwyneth Strong’s portrayal of Mrs Boyle adds a fascinating layer of tension, creating a character that is both disliked and intriguing.

Shaun McCourt steals the show with his energetic and witty take on Christopher Wren, lavishing in the comedic relief and camp flourishes of his character, and Steven Elliott, as Mr. Paracivini, captivates with his humorous insights. Hollie Sullivan and Barnaby Jago also stand out for their engaging portrayals of Mollie and Giles Ralston.

Gwyneth Strong as Mrs Boyle in THE MOUSETRAP. Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Some small technical issues on the night, such as quiet microphones and missed lighting cues, prevent this from being a flawless production, but this doesn’t spoil the overall experience.

Despite its old-school vibes, THE MOUSETRAP’s well-crafted suspense and unexpected twists keep it fresh and exciting. It’s a testament to Christie’s storytelling prowess, leaving new audiences just as surprised and delighted as those who’ve seen it before.

THE MOUSETRAP runs at The Lowry, Salford, until 13 April 2024.