Theatre Review: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – To The Manor Died, Or A Version Of Veritable Vintage



Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap / Directed by Jonathan Tafler / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg

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Spoiler alert. This play has been running continuously for 65 years, and the plot hasn’t changed. If you played that Six Degrees Of Separation game, you’d quickly discover someone in your circle who’s seen the play. Hell, you may even know someone who’s acted in the piece – there are hundreds of artists in that long list. Point being, audiences may have an inkling, or something a little more than that, of what occurs in the play, and staging a piece with that sort of background comes with all sorts of challenges.

Pieter Toerien’s latest production of The Mousetrap, directed by Jonathan Tafler, gets around that hurdle by doing the small things very well indeed. There’s a slight style refresh in the moving forward of the year in which the story is set from 1952 to 1962, but other than a couple of discreet musical…

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Bruce Dennill

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