Mark Bell’s production of Cluedo, adapted from Sandy Rustin’s US play which itself is based on Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay of the 1985 film Clue, has been transposed to 1940s England.
The touring Cluedo at the King’s is billed as a ‘brand new play’ and ‘an exciting comedy thriller’. It is certainly possible to quibble with those descriptions as there is little excitement, few thrills and nothing new. However, it does have considerable comic value.
Although The Mousetrap is often dismissed as a mere genre piece, all plot and no characters, I think this does an immense disservice both to Christie’s skill and to the pleasure that murder mysteries and crime thrillers can give their audiences.