REVIEW: The Mousetrap at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

REVIEW: The Mousetrap at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

REVIEW: The Mousetrap at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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Sssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhh can you keep the secret?

That is what the cast of the Agatha Christie's Mousetrap ask all spectators before leaving the show to ensure that the secret of the "whodunnit" drama continues to amuse audiences.

That is why it is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre- famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre .

The show has been running for over 60 years and there have been more than 25,000 performances.

For the first time in its history the show has left London and is spending a week at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.

I was especially excited to be going to see the Mousetrap after agreeing to take my nan and uncle along for the experience and it's a show that didn't disappoint.

The setting for the night of entertainment is in an old English mansion on a dark night that gets cut off by the snow.

All the characters speak in well spoken English accents which really take you back to a by-gone era.

One by one the suspicious characters arrive at Monkswell Manor, which is 30 miles from London, which is run by newly married couple Mollie and Giles Ralston who are new to the guest house business.

The couple are joined by an array of questionable guests who each reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive of the murderer are finally revealed.

The way the atmosphere was built up was brilliant and if you enjoy murder mystery it is one you have to see.

At the end of the show you are asked to keep the secret of the show's conclusion.

You come out of the show thinking it was a brilliant story and great performance's from the actors and you will definitely keep the secrets of the show.

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