Box office theatre smash arrives at Buxton

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Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap continues its record-breaking, and first ever, UK tour and will be at the Opera House until Saturday, November 7.

The Dame’s story centres around a whodunnit, with the scene set when a group of people gather in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst.

With sordid secrets and mystery aplenty people try and work out just who is the culprit before the mousetrap takes its next victim.

Ester McAuley gave a stellar performance as Mollie Ralston, the owner of Monskwell Manor which is now a guest house in its infancy.

Mrs Boyle’s character was well played by Anne Kavanagh and she injects a humour to the macabre plot as she berates the guest house owners for not having a proper staff.

Anne and Luke Jenkins who plays the part of Sgt Trotter have reprised their roles from the West end tour and William Ilkley, who starred in The Boat That Rocked, is a clear and confident Major Metcalf.

The 60th Anniversary of this beloved murder mystery has been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances and breaking box office records in many of its venues.

Well known faces make up the cast for the 2015 tour and includes Macbeth star Hester Arden as Miss Casewell, the quiet socialist, as well as Edward Elgood as Christopher Wren, who feels persecuted for his past, Alex Wadham as Giles Ralston and Coronation Street and Hollyoaks star Jonathan Sidgwick as the overly charming Mr Paravicini.

With twists and turns and red herrings this play is everything you would expect from a classic murder mystery which had the audience guessing whodunit during the interval.

The tour has been ongoing since April and will give its last performance later in the month however, the cast and audience did not appear to have tired from this classic.

Tickets are still available, call 01298 72190 or visit