For 60 years amateur sleuths have been delightfully puzzling over the clues in order to discover for themselves who did the murders.

To celebrate its sixth decade on stage Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap embarked on its first ever UK tour and already audiences from Salisbury to Salford have been to see it.

On Monday (26) the mystery landed at the doors of the Beck Theatre in Hayes for a week of shows.

Although I’ve never seen it, I already know the identity of the killer thanks to a big-mouthed friend of mine spilling the beans several years back.

Being much better at keeping secrets I’d never revealed the information, not even to my own mother.

So when she said she would like to see the show I happily sent her along to Hayes to review the performance in my place.

Therefore for anyone still deciding whether or not to get a ticket themselves, here is her crack at a review:

A country guest house on its opening day, snow falling heavily, a newly married couple nervously awaiting the arrival of their first guests - as the audience settles down to enjoy the evening, a murderer is waiting for the right moment to strike.

So began my eagerly awaited first visit to Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” which has been running in the West End for 60 years and is now enjoying further success as a touring production, arriving at The Beck Theatre, Hayes this week.

As the story unfolds, the audience is introduced to each character with every day dialogue which seems to be of no immediate interest, but weaves you cleverly, by the master crime-writer, into a web of intrigue where people are not all they seem to be.

Produced by Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen and Adam Spiegal, The Mousetrap’s touring cast is first class.

Ryan Saunders gives a lively, zany yet emotional performance as Christopher Wren, while Anne Kavanagh as the irritating Mrs Boyle was appropriately amusing in finding fault in the most comfortable of houses, expressing her views to anyone who will listen.

The Mousetrap cast
 

Joanna Croll as guest house owner Mollie Ralston, must be praised for delivering her many long speeches with great emphasis and feeling.

An excellent authentic period set completes the backbone of the plot, with just the right number of doors and stairs for rapid entrances and exits.

When you have seen this most famous “Who Dunnit”, you are asked by the cast at the final curtain not to reveal the secret of “Who Didit”!!

As I got up to leave, the gentleman behind me remarked “Well, I really enjoyed that and I NEVER suspected the murderer was...........

The show has a running time of two hours and 15 minutes with a short interval.

At the time of writing tickets are still available for tonight’s (Wednesday) performance as well as for the rest of the run.

Tickets cost £23-£25 tonight and then £26-£28.50 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Shows are at 7.30pm and a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

To book go here