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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director: Jamie Smith Reviewer: Alice Fowler Christmas in Guildford only properly begins with The Twelve Days of Christmas, as performed by the Yvonne Arnaud panto: an annual ritual of mayhem and misrule in which custard pies are thrown, knickers hurled and foam and water sprayed in all directions. This year, under the direction of Jamie Smith, things seem ...

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The Mousetrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Clare White Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running theatre production. It opened at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal in 1952 before embarking on its current record-breaking West End run and recently celebrated its 26,000th performance. The UK tour, seen by over one million people, marks the 60th anniversary of the popular whodunit, which ...

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The Mousetrap – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Harriet Brace A stylish tale of intrigue and suspicion, diehard whodunnit The Mousetrap is still a murder mystery to marvel at. More than 60 years and over 26,000 performances since its 1952 debut, audiences are just as eager to incriminate the culprit and suss out the main suspect before the dramatic reveal as ...

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The Mousetrap – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

2016 Touring company of The Mousetrap

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Everybody knows of The Mousetrap, of course. The production at London’s St Martins Theatre holds the record for being the longest-running theatre production anywhere in the world, having opened in 1952 (in the neighbouring Ambassadors Theatre, transferring to its current home in 1974). And yet, despite its long run, it seems ...

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The Mousetrap – Derby Theatre

2016 Touring company of The Mousetrap

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: James Garrington How can anyone explain the enduring popularity of The Mousetrap? It opened in London in November 1952 and in April 1958 became the longest-running London production ever. More than 60 years and 26,000 performances after its opening night it is still going strong and is almost as much of a tourist ...

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Stone Cold Murder – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: James Cawood Director: Patric Kearns Designer: Geoff Gilder Reviewer: Ann Bawtree A prime example of the traditional country house murder James Cawood’s Stone Cold Murder is set mid-winter in a lonely snow-bound country house hotel. Geoff Gilder’s set is a perfect example of a large but cosy sitting room, traditionally furnished along with drinks cabinet, music system, soft lighting ...

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Dial M for Murder – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Andy Moseley A classic murder story that fans of Hitchcock will know, and featuring the vet from All Creatures Great and Small. Easy to see how this would be guaranteed bums-on-seats material for a theatre in the leafy suburbs of Richmond. But director Lucy Bailey is not seeking to recreate the movie and ...

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Dial M For Murder – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Michael Gray   Starting its revival tour at the Mercury, Lucy Bailey’s stunningly stylish Dial M For Murder (first seen in 2009) is a triumph of stage design. Mike Britton’s enclosed box set, all oppressive scarlet walls, the furniture and a front door the only realistic elements, with a red gauze on a ...

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