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The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie

The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie

Translation: Irina Margareta Nistor
Erwin Șimșensohn
Liliana Cenean
Vlaicu Golcea
Light design:
Daniel Klinger
Technical Director:
Adrian Ionescu, Luțu Scobeniuc

Premiere: 22.12.2017

Duration: 2 h 15 min / Pause: 15 min


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„There is mystery in all of us...”

The Mousetrap, directed by Erwin Șimșensohn, the show putting the little grey cells to work, is an irresistible classic thriller blending dark humour, suspense, extreme situations, emotion and twisted mind games. At stake being Agatha Christie, „the Queen of Crime”, of course nothing is what it seems to be, everyone has something to hide and the surprises unfold step by step... wrong. Thus, an idyllic British scenery becomes over night the site of a formidable detective novel, in which every gesture represents a potential evidence in court.

In a rural English mansion, in full (and convenient) snow storm, several eccentric travellers remain stuck in the snow, isolated from civilization and the surrounding world. But what seems at first only an unpleasant situation, to be handled by the consumer protection, rapidly turns into a race of suspicions, fears and hidden truths. And this because on the radio, among the news about the condition of roads and a little jazz, an unsettling announcement slips. A murder has taken place in London, and the suspect, whose particulars could fit anyone (even the unusual guests), is out there. Through a last call before the collapse of telephone lines, the police announce that it shall send an agent to the remote guesthouse. Can the guilty one be among the guests?

The Mousetrap, the second show directed by Erwin Șimșensohn at NTB, after The Memory of Water, is a captivating enactment, with an exceptional cast, clever lines, refined British humour and an exciting plot, whose denouement seems to rewrite itself in everyone’s mind, as new clues appear. Each character becomes a suspect and each reversal – a coup de théâtre, in this new enactment of one of the most famous plays worldwide.

In London, The Mousetrap premiered on West End in 1952. It is considered one of the most long-lived shows in the history of theatre, being performed for almost 66 years without interruption: it already had over 27000 representations, and the cast comprised over time more than 400 actors.

Translated by Simona Nichiteanu


Foto Florin Ghioca

Mollie Ralson: Ileana Olteanu Gilles Ralson: Dragoş Stemate
Florin Călbăjos
Christopher Wren: Lari Giorgescu
Petre Ancuța
Mrs Boyle: Adela Mărculescu
Amalia Ciolan
Simona Bondoc
Major Metcalf: Tomi Cristin Miss Casewell: Ada Galeș
Mrs Casewell: Cosmina Olariu Mr. Paravicini: Mihai Calotă
Silviu Biriş
Commissioner Trotter: Gavril Pătru
Răzvan Oprea

„The Mousetrap” directed by Erwin Șimșensohn is a necessary show in the NTB repertoire. Well supported from an artistic point of view, it has all the data to be sold-out and a crowd-pleaser. If the secret of Agatha Christie has been kept for so many decades in London, now it is time to seal it ourselves. For an evening at the theatre, when you are also looking for something smart, but also a bit of entertainment, „The Mousetrap” shall be the most inspired choice. How quickly do you think you shall discover the murderer?

Elena Coman, Yorick –Agatha Christie’s Secret Club and the Secret of the Mousetrap 

Upheavals, quick pace, a throbbing tension, thriller highlights, the guillotine-curtain, appearances from nowhere, revelations, last-minute information which can change the perspective, cinematographic frames (congratulations to Daniel Klinger for the light design!), a fabulous orchestrated turmoil and nevertheless ruled by an - almost inexplicable- sentiment of peace, intimacy, warmth and safety. A tender and enveloping energy which does not aim the sensational but facilitates the access to a sensation we rarely perceive and almost never until the end, namely of wellbeing together. Who knows? Maybe the price which must be paid consists of the existence of a murderer hidden among us.

Răzvana Niță, Blog – I Was Also at Monkswell When It Happened  

Where neither the famous crime novel authoress, nor the Romanian director, who stages as a premiere this play at the National Theatre, were not mistaken is the unperishable charm of „The Mousetrap”. The general suspicion, the upheavals, the impossible to divine coup de theatre, the apparent stereotype on which the characters are built, the atmosphere from the country of breakfast and hesitation envelop the Romanian spectator, offering him a wonderful unwinding. Of course, each of us can attempt to decipher the mystery alone, but the warning sounds like this: even if you are a good connoisseur of Agatha Christie’s writings, and if you have the impression that you avoid fake leads on which the story takes you, you shall still not find out the murderer before the denouement: the master of the detective genre always mixes things up in a savvy way. Better savour the clean enactment of Erwin Șimșensohn. Thanks to him, we are gladly caught in a „Mousetrap” directed with nerve and talent.

Horia Ghibuțiu, Blog – Why the Mousetrap from NTB is Good for Us  

Director Erwin Șimșensohn conceives the show in the style of realistic, captivating “classical theatre” without derisory visual effects, developing the structure of each scene in the theatrical detail significant for the subject.

“The Mousetrap” with this well curbed performance from a directorial point of view, is a show which enthrals and touches the audience and shall certainly attain a record number of representations, in our country as well.

Ileana Lucaciu, Blog Spectator – Mystery, Suspense, Humour   


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

Presented at the International Classical Theatre Festival, 24th edition, Arad, 2018

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