The Mousetrap is a good catch for Sheffield’s Lyceum

Jemma Walker (Mollie Ralston) and Bruno Langley (Giles Ralston) in th UK tour of The Mousetrap. Photo by Helen Maybanks 010
Jemma Walker (Mollie Ralston) and Bruno Langley (Giles Ralston) in th UK tour of The Mousetrap. Photo by Helen Maybanks 010

THE scene: an elegant country guest house.

THE scene: an elegant country guest house.

The time: winter, the early 1950s.

The people: the motley assortment you’d expect in an Agatha Christie mystery.

And at the end of Act One, murder is done.

Yes, The Mousetrap, the grandaddy of all murder mystery dramas, now in its 62 nd year, is at Sheffield’s Lyceum until Saturday.

The phone is cut off, the roads are blocked by snow, but the obligatory unexpected guest turns up and an intrepid policeman (Bob Saul) manages to join the party.

If he’s rather hyperactive, he’s in good company. Everyone is slightly more hysterical, or nervous, or enigmatic, than is strictly necessary. And of course everyone is harbouring a secret – and there’s the biggest surprise ending in the entire Agatha Christie canon.

It’s good ensemble theatre, and the best clean fun Christie fans will have all year.

And no, I wouldn’t dream of revealing whodunit.

LYNNE PATRICK