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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap comes to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

“A guessing game of a whodunnit and a brilliant one at that.”

That’s how actor Susan Penhaligon, who plays Mrs Boyle in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap - which is at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, until Saturday, September 21 - describes it.

Susan Penhaligon stars in The Mousetrap at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford Picture: Johan Persson
Susan Penhaligon stars in The Mousetrap at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford Picture: Johan Persson

The actress, who says she has read most of Christie's books and thinks she is "fascinating" said: “ I never thought I’d be in The Mousetrap. I’ve been in two of Agatha Christie’s other plays And Then There Were None and a little known one called Verdict but I’d never seen The Mousetrap or read it.

"When the part came up, I read the play and I thought ‘wow’, it’s funny, tense, has great characters, brilliant plot, and what struck me was that it was based on a real event - chilling really. Agatha Christie is so clever, there’s always truthful emotion in her plays."

Audience members will remember Susan from shows such as A Fine Romance and Emmerdale.

She adds of the play: "It’s a perfect plot, it’s vintage with very recognisable period characters and it’s spooky. It’s great quality entertainment. I think it’s interesting to see an original play of hers, on the stage, rather than on TV, particularly as it was written for the theatre. It’s a different animal."

Susan Penhaligon will play Mrs Boyle
Susan Penhaligon will play Mrs Boyle

Theatregoers are always urged not to give away the plot, for those who haven't seen it.

To book tickets go to orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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