The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London.
This record-breaking 60th anniversary production is back by popular demand in 2016 starring Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle.
The Mousetrap will be perform at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from Monday, July 4 to Saturday, July 9.
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
The 2016 tour started in February and runs until August.
Louise Jameson, who plays Mrs Boyle, said: “It’s a lovely show, the company is lovely and the script has stood the test of time.”
Louise sad she has enjoyed touring the UK with the show.
“The way we earn our money on the road is packing up on a Saturday night after the show and moving to a new place, and unpacking your suitcase once again. So it is busy then but from Tuesday onwards it is great.
“I love seeing new places, but it’s just having to find somewhere to park and finding the theatre. Once that’s sorted it’s a joy and I do enjoy it.
“I’ve taken on the role of head girl and I had the idea to put up the list of venues and put someone’s name next to each one, and they have to take charge for the venue, which includes finding a decent restaurant, a cultural event and a wild card. We’ve been on boats, we’ve been up towers and cathedrals and we’ve had Thai meals. I’m really enjoying it.”
This is the first time Louise has done The Mousetrap.
She said: “I’m enjoying it much more than I thought I would, if I’m honest. It’s a show where you can feel you’re walking on broken glass because so many people have played the role before you, but we have the lovely director Ian who knows the play so well. I think we have a very special production on our hands.”
The Mousetrap is well know for its twist ending, which audience members are asked to keep quiet about.
“People are still gasping at the reveal every night,” Louise said. “It’s lovely. And when we go on at the end and ask the audience to please not reveal it, there’s real laughter and applause.”
Louise thinks there are several reasons why The Mousetrap has become the longest running show in the world.
“It’s well written,” she explained “it’s got a good plot, a brilliant cast and it has a real projection of grief and emotions.”
Louise said Mrs Boyle is unlike characters she has played in the past.
She said: “She was a real challenge for me, there’s no question about it. She’s a brash woman and a devil to reason with.”
Louise will be going on to play a completely different character when The Mousetrap is over.
She will star in Two Short Plays About Gays at The Hope and Anchor in Islington from September 6 to September 24, where she plays a Welsh homophobic ghost.
“It’s something completely different, but that’s why I love this job,” Louise explained. “Your life can change in 30 seconds, you can get a phone call saying ‘do you fancy doing this in New York,’ and yes say ‘yes, absolutely’ and then your next year is completely different. I love it.”
The show has an advisory age guidance of 12 plus.
Tickets cost £16.90 to £36.40.
To book call 0844 871 7607 or visit www.wtgtickets/com/aylesbury.