Spiffingly produced and splendidly acted, Agatha Christie’s evergreen whodunit The Mousetrap keeps audiences ever in its thrall. The scarcity of touring productions of plays makes this season even more of a treasure. Lovers of the murder mystery genre will find plenty to enjoy.
‘A memorably murderous evening out’: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – Chichester ★★★★★
Murder On The Orient Express at Chichester Festival Theatre is first class entertainment, packed with mystery, intrigue and standout performances. A memorably murderous evening out, highly recommended whether you are a fan of Agatha Christie or not.
‘Productions like this are precisely why Agatha Christie has endured so long’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall
Witness for the Prosecution is an absolute marvel in the atmospheric surroundings of County Hall.
‘A fun, frothy play in part carried by its status as a West End institution’: THE MOUSETRAP – West End
Are you allowed to call yourself a theatre fan if you haven’t seen The Mousetrap, the West End’s longest-running play? Possibly. But I’ve ticked that box now.
‘The denouement is among Agatha Christie’s finest’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall
Lucy Bailey’s site-specific production of Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama has returned to London County Hall, after a lengthy, if unplanned adjournment, and remains one of the most effective theatrical settings in London.
‘I welcome all audiences to come & judge everything they see’: Joe McNamara & Emer McDaid are living the dream in Witness for the Prosecution
Emma Clarendon chatted to Joe McNamara and Emer McDaid about bringing back Witness for the Prosecution to London County Hall.
NEWS: Witness for the Prosecution announces new London cast
Casting has been announced for for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, due to return to London County Hall from 14 September 2021. The production is booking through to 20 March 2022.
‘Offers very human portraits of great writers’: LITTLE WARS (Online review)
With a charitable donation for every digital ticket sold going to Women for Refugee Women, Little Wars is still an all too rare experience – a play that puts women at its centre without focusing specifically on ‘women’s issues’.
NEWS: Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution will return to London County Hall in May 2021
It has been announced that performances of Witness for the Prosecution will resume from 18 May 2021 at London County Hall on the Southbank. Cast to be announced soon.
‘Positively electrifying stuff’: LITTLE WARS (Online review)
There’s plenty to enjoy in Little Wars’ jokes, and then, later on, the final harrowing monologues about the genocide are both powerful and deeply moving.
NEWS: West End reopening of The Mousetrap will be postponed
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – the longest-running show in the world, which had been due to resume performances at London’s St Martin’s Theatre on 23 October 2020 – is to have its reopening postponed.
NEWS: West End production of The Mousetrap will reopen in October 2020
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – the longest running show in the world, which had to be suspended when the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the closure of UK theatres – is to reopen in the West End on 23 October 2020.
‘Shows no signs of slowing down’: THE MOUSETRAP – Touring
Now in its 68th year in the West End, The Mousetrap is also touring and shows no signs of slowing down. And whilst the play is more than a bit of a warhorse, it has become a staple of British theatre.
‘Well written, well executed play’: MURDER, MARGARET & ME – Touring ★★★★★
Murder, Margaret and Me is the story of an unlikely friendship between famed actress Margaret Rutherford and world-renowned Queen of Crime Agatha Christie.
‘Edge of the seat enjoyment’: THE MOUSETRAP – Touring ★★★★★
What an absolutely brilliant adaptation of the much-loved story The Mousetrap. From the very beginning they had us guessing and wondering who on earth could be behind the London murder.
‘A recipe for success’: TOWARDS ZERO – Sonning ★★★★
Towards Zero is a play I wasn’t familiar with if I’m honest, but if it isn’t the best known of Agatha Christie’s works, it does have a reputation as the best of her stage adaptations.
‘It’ll definitely get you hooked’: Carolin Stoltz joins the cast of Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall
Carolin Stoltz chatted to Emma Clarendon about being part of Witness for the Prosecution at London’s County Hall.
‘Should you go & see it? I have a strong suspicion that you should’: THE MOUSETRAP – Touring ★★★
The world’s longest-running stage production The Mousetrap returns to Edinburgh to thrill a whole new audience in this classic murder mystery tale at the Playhouse
‘A Christie choose your own adventure with a dash of Cluedo mixed in’: MURDER SHE DIDN’T WRITE – West End ★★★★
‘The Case of the Pink Wellington Boots with the Red Hearts’. Not the kind of title you’d expect to spring from Agatha Christie’s pen – instead, an evening of murder mystery hijinks courtesy of Degrees of Error and their show Murder, She Didn’t Write.
A good night out, entitlement & Agatha Christie
I thank all the theatre I’ve endured that has perhaps made me a better person, but in future I’ll be asking first just how much joy it’s going to bring me, and if I’m perhaps better off elsewhere.