Almost exactly two years after it played Poole on a first-ever UK tour as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, Agatha Christie’s legendary, record-breaking, smash hit thriller The Mousetrap is to return to Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. Tickets are on sale now for the week-long run that will open on Monday 29 February.
Agatha Christie’s classic thriller is a landmark in British theatre history – it has been showing in the West End ever since it first opened in 1952, making it the longest running show of any kind in history and notching up some 26,000 performances.
Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) will star as Mrs Boyle. Louise is best well-known for her long-running roles as Leela, a companion of Tom Baker’s Doctor in Doctor Who, Susan Young in Bergerac¸ Eleanor Glasson in Doc Martin, and Rosa di Marco in
EastEnders. In addition to Louise’s illustrious roles on screen, she has also appeared on stage in Love, Loss and What I Wore (The Mill, Sonning), Noises Off (Mercury Theatre), Gutted (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and Oedipus (The Liverpool Everyman & Nottingham Playhouse).
Louise said: “I thought about doing something special for my 65th birthday in 2016. Just how did I get to be 65? The same way The Mousetrap has run for nearly that length of time I suppose, just second by second time has ticked away we’ve both lasted this long, and so we’ll be celebrating together. That’s quite special.”
The story finds a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow who discover to their horror that a murderer is among them. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment when the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Further casting will announced in due course.
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