THE star of the 2016 touring production of Agatha Christie’s
The Mousetrap is looking forward to bringing the show to the Reading Hexagon next week.
Louise Jameson plays Mrs Boyle in the celebrated murder mystery, which is visiting theatres across the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of its record-breaking West End run.
The touring version started life in September 2012, but its success has been such that it is still going strong more than three years and almost 1,000 performances later.
With a run of high-profile TV roles to her credit, Louise is known to
EastEnders fans for her portrayal of Rosa di Marco from 1998 to 2000.
But she is also a highly respected stage actress, having recently appeared in
Love, Loss and What I Wore at The Mill at Sonning.
When news of her casting in
The Mousetrap was announced late last year, Louise told an interviewer: “I thought about doing something special for my 65th birthday in 2016. Just how did I get to be 65? The same way
The Mousetrap has run for nearly that length of time I suppose — just second by second time has ticked away. We’ve both lasted this long and so we’ll be celebrating together. That’s quite special.”
Asked if she would be working on her actual birthday, she said: “Yes, two shows plus travel to a different location, so I think my birthday might have to be postponed this year!”
As a new member of
The Mousetrap’s cast, Louise says it’s very much a case of “so far, so good”, adding: “I’m only one week in, so all very fresh still.”
Having been involved in so many memorable TV dramas, does she find there is any one role the public most associate her with?
“I think probably
Doctor Who, although
Bergerac is a close runner-up. And
Tenko, my personal favourite.”
Asked what she most enjoys about stage acting as opposed to television and film, she says: “The fact that it is love, in the moment, ephemeral... and a job that is as old as time itself.
Lastly, does she have any remaining professional ambitions?
“I’d love to do one major movie,” she says. “But all in all this profession has treated me very kindly.”
The Mousetrap is at the Hexagon from Monday (February 1) to Saturday, February 6. To book, call the box office on 0118 960 6060.