The Mousetrap: the world’s longest running play

So whodunnit? I’m not telling.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is still going strong, well into its sixty-fifth year of continuous running, and its forty-third at the St Martin’s Theatre. One of the cornerstones of the West End, proven by its blue plaque and ringing endorsements displayed on the theatre’s exterior, the play unashamedly retains its original 1950s charm – and it is no clearer now than you imagine it would have been to those in attendance on the opening night who the murderer is in the midst of the troubled Monkswell Manor Guest House.

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Succour Punch: Fantastic Findlay Fills in!

Ladies and gentlemen: the girls are back in town. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has returned with a bang, on the West End stage. But, of course, you all knew that. If you want to read a nice, concise, journalist-y review that I’ve written, you can find one here from the current run… or here from the National Theatre!

Instead, this time I’m going to dump a few more thoughts here which have occurred to me after seeing the play again this week, that wouldn’t really fit into a ‘proper’ review and only came with taking the time to get to know the play. SMASH THE FUCKING SYSTEM!

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Credit to Corbyn; Sleaford Mods excellent: my thoughts on Glastonbury so far

It’s a shame that this afternoon at about 4 o’clock, Jeremy Corbyn’s 15-minute speech at Glastonbury ended up tucked away on the Red Button and not broadcast on the BBC’s regular channels. People deserved to hear it.

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My General Election reaction

Having written a ‘morning after’ blog post following the EU referendum, I feel like it would be nice to start a tradition and do so for the 2017 General Election (that, and the fact that I’ve been down to London a few times recently and have a whole load of new stock photos of Westminster taken with the express intention of using on my blog…)

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Tempelhofer Feld: Berlin’s reclaimed heart?

An important piece of history and a nice green space, but don’t put this at the top of your ‘to-visit’ list.

There’s something a bit odd about Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld. Sure, there are all the regular amenities of a public park, but this is no ordinary green space. Because on the edge of the enormous 300+ hectare park stands an imposing Nazi constructed airport terminal. Where once the two runways on the site carried jumbo jets, they are now used by skaters and cyclists.

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