The Mousetrap: 60 years of suspense!

The Mousetrap is the longest running theatre show in the world with over 25,000 performances in London alone. Described as ‘The cleverest murder mystery of British theatre’ by The Daily Telegraph & ‘A truly entertaining classic thriller’ by The Sunday Times..

What makes the show iconic? What is the enduring appeal? How has the ending been kept a secret for so long? We spoke with actor Nick Barclay who plays Giles Raltson in The Mousetrap ahead of their visit to the Wyvern Theatre in September.

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Hi Nick, thank you for your time, without any plot spoilers what is the story of The Mousetrap?

A snow bound manor house, a group of strangers and a stone cold killer amongst them. Think of it as a 1950’s The Hateful Eight with less swearing, cowboys and Samuel L. Jackson!

Lewis Collier (Sgt Trotter) and Anna Andresen (Mollie Ralston) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (8)

Image: Liza Maria Dawson Photography

Who is your character and how would you describe them?

I play Giles Ralston, who along with his wife Mollie, runs Monkswell Manor Guest House, where all the action takes place. Giles is your typical middle class stuffed shirt Englishman. Or is he???

Nick Barclay (Giles Ralston) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (4)

Image: Liza Maria Dawson Photography

What is the enduring appeal of The Mousetrap?

People are always surprised after seeing The Mousetrap how funny it is. It has a little something for everyone. It is a well constructed, thrilling whodunit, what’s not to like.

Oliver Gully (Christopher Wren) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (3)

Image: Liza Maria Dawson Photography

How hard is it to keep the ending of The Mousetrap a secret?

The audience are always asked to keep the secret at the end of the play, we trust them implicitly.

Tony Boncza (Major Metcalf) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson

Image: Liza Maria Dawson Photography

Aside from The Mousetrap what are your favourite Agatha Christie novels or plays?

I am a big fan of “And Then There Were None…”. I thought the recent TV adaptation was excellent.

Tony Boncza (Major Metcalf), Oliver Gully (Christopher Wren) and Anna Andresen (Mollie Ralston) in The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (13)

Image: Liza Maria Dawson Photography

If someone has never seen an Agatha Christie play, in one word what can they expect?

Entertainment!

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The Mousetrap will be at the Wyvern Theatre from 19 – 24 September

For more information and to buy tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/TheMousetrap16

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