Theatre First Episode 376 Stream podcast episodes on demand from http://www.biteszhq.com (mobile friendly). The Mousetrap – (Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened in London's West End on the 25th of November...
Theatre First Episode 376 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.biteszhq.com (mobile friendly). The Mousetrap – (Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened in London's West End on the 25th of November 1952, and has been running continuously, save for the COVID lockdown ever since. It's fast approaching, 30,000 performances, making it by far the longest running show of any type in the modern era. The play is also known for its twist ending. For more details on this production visit https://themousetrap.com.au/tickets/melbourne/ For more Theatre reviews from Alex, visit https://www.bitesz.com/show/theatre-first/ Subscribe, rate and review Theatre First at all good podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, CastBox.FM, Podbean, Spreaker etc. If you're enjoying Theatre First podcast, please share and tell your friends. Your support would be appreciated...thank you. Theatre First RSS feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4988589/episodes/feed For more podcasts visit our HQ at https://biteszhq.com #podcast #theatre #stage #reviews #melbourne #australia #review #themousetrap #mousetrap #agathachristie #theatrereview
[0:00] I thoroughly enjoyed The Mousetrap from the get-go, namely from when the characters were introduced.
[0:12] Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opened in London's West End on the 25th of November 1952, and has been running continuously, save for the COVID lockdown ever since. It's fast approaching, 30,000 performances, making it by far the longest running show of any type in the modern era.
The play is also known for its twist ending. The audience asked not to reveal who'd done it upon leaving the theatre. The Mousetrap began life as a short radio play, broadcast on the 30th of May 1947, called Three Blind Mice, in honour of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V.
[0:53] The piece had its origins in the real-life case of a boy, Dennis O'Neill, who died while in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945.
So to what I can say about the plot of the stage play.
It's set in 1952 in a British home converted into a guest house by a young couple, Molly and Giles Ralston, Anna O'Byrne and Alex Rathgerber.
It concerns the interactions of them with their five guests and a police sergeant.
He, Detective Sergeant Trotter, Tom Conroy, arrives in the wake of a murder in London.
[1:28] We hear about the killing on the radio as Mrs. Ralston prepares for the arrival of their first guests.
That's despite blizzard conditions outside, with snow falling heavily.
Before interval, the tentacles of the murder in the British capital will be felt 30 miles away, namely in the guest house, which is snowed in. Inside the stately home, the, finger of blame is being pointed and no one is beyond suspicion. I thoroughly enjoyed the mousetrap from the get-go, namely from when the characters were introduced. The Rolston's were only married a year earlier. As the guests arrive, we gain some insight into their character traits. Childish, combative, authoritarian, insular and questioning. The mousetrap combines old-world charm with good humor and a cracking plot. A dramatic incident occurs just before interval to set up the second half interrogation. Each character is quizzed and of course pleads innocent. The performances are terrific. Anna O'Byrne sets the scene by fussing over detail before Alex Rathgerber arrives to assist with final preparations for the Rolston's first intake. Lawrence Boxhall, is a scene stealer as nervous prankster and architecture student Christopher Wren.
[2:45] Jerry Connolly is lively, cheeky and provocative as Mr. Paravercini.
Geraldine Turner presents a stern argumentative visage as former magistrate Mrs Boyle.
Charlotte Friel's is secretive as Miss Casewell. Adam Murphy brings a stiff upper lip quality to, Major Metcalfe. Tom Conroy is all business as the good sergeant who arrives on skis to solve the mystery. I greatly appreciated the set design distinguished by traditional wood panelling and armchairs, enhanced by the lighting. In other words, attention to detail served to heighten a most positive experience. Direction by Robin Nevin is flawless.
It's not hard to see why Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has well and truly passed the test of time. Steeped in nostalgia, it remains intriguing and a piece of theatrical excellence. The 70th anniversary production of The Mousetrap, is playing at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne until the 26th of March 2023.
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