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Mystery favourite hits the stage
Ethan Gibson as Christopher Wren, Paul Jackson as Giles Ralston, Bron Vickers as Miss Casewell and Kim Wilson as Major
Metcalf in the production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at Belconnen Theatre
Picture: Elesa Lee
THE world's longest running
play has hit the stage in Can-
berra for the very first time.
Tempo theatre is proud to
presents Agatha Christie's The
One of Christie's most fa-
mous works, The Mousetrap is
the longest continuously run-
ning stage play in history.
Director Jon Elphick said the
rights had been released for the
play to be performed in Aust-
ralia for the first time.
"It's been running on the
West End for 60 years and
they've just released the rights
in Australia on the anniversary
of its 60th year," he said.
However the rights have only
been released for an 18 month
period and Elphick said Tempo
Theatre was fortunate to secure
the performance rights early on.
"It only opened for pro-
duction in Australia on the first
of September," he said.
"We were the first ones to get
hold of it in Canberra."
The show opened in Can-
berra on September 9 and is one
of several productions in Aust-
ralia taking advantage of the
opportunity to perform this
much loved piece.
"It's a typical Christie play --
there's a murder, someone
comes to solve the murder and
it's about the intricate details of
the relationships between the
people inside a house," Elphick
The Mousetrap is set at
Monkswell Manor and centres
on a group of snow-bound
individuals staying at the guest-
house. A snow storm traps the
guests inside with one another.
The trouble begins when they
realise that one of the individu-
als is actually a murderer out for
"There's a murder broadcast
over the radio and the police
have a clue that the murderer is
going to be staying here,"
Elphick said. "So they send a
policeman there to investigate
the people in the house."
The atmosphere of suspense
and a brilliantly intricate plot
where murder lurks around
every corner have made this a
theatre classic. And tradition-
ally audiences have been asked
not to reveal the final twist,
which simply adds to the mys-
Elphick said he didn't expect
the audiences to be able to work
out who the killer was.
"It's got a quite nice twist, so
no I don't think they will," he
"But who knows they might.
You get lots of people who
come to these things and tick
off who the suspects are and
they really get into it.
"Christie's one of the most
published authors and one of
the most read authors in the
world -- she's sold about 2 bil-
lion books or something -- so
there's a huge audience out
"So the Christie fans will
definitely come as well as the
theatre fans because the play
itself is the longest running
continuous play in history, so
people, I imagine, will come to
see what all the fuss is about as
Elphick admits the idea of
putting on such an iconic piece
of theatre is a bit daunting.
"Well I feel the weight of
history on my shoulders at
times, but it's really great fun --
we've got a great cast," he said.
The cast and crew have been
working together since June
and will perform a total of 15
shows and a charity preview.
September 9-24, Belconnen
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