The Mousetrap is probably a lot more important than many people may think. It has run for 65 years consecutively in the UK, which is no small feat. Audiences may find a lot of familiar things as they watch the show. For one, the popular board game and cult classic movie, “Clue,” contains so many elements from this show that it was impossible not to acknowledge them.
We have a house full of suspects, who are all quite colorful.
Rather than try and avoid the obvious comparisons, I decided to fully embrace it. There’s a lot of Clue-like elements in the cast of characters, as well as the moments of humor. The goal is to make everyone look suspicious to the audience, but also serve the end results for the characters in a way that makes sense, doesn’t give anything away, and lends itself to a repeat viewing for the audience. In fact, it is my hope that, if an audience member came back a second time – knowing the end results – they would see a different play all together. So, we have to be true to that.
If you come back, you will notice a lot of difference in the performances of characters like Major Metcalf, Miss Casewell, Giles Ralston or Detective Trotter. It was there all along, but you won’t see it unless you see the show twice. We really have to thread that needle carefully.
It is quite fun to work with Graham Livengood again. We worked together a lot back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. And this is the first time I’ve gotten to direct Doug Shaw and Rob Storrs, who are good friends besides being a delight to work with.
The most fun for me is to inspire and coax performances out of a talented group of people who are willing to jump on board with my concept for a show that is a real classic. Of course, people might expect this show to be very proper and British, with a decided Masterpiece Theatre vibe. But instead, we’re finding the humor and taking it down a fresh path that I think will surprise audiences as much as it thrills them.
So, if you’re looking forward to this Murder Mystery as much as we are, you’ll want to be sure to get your tickets!
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