The Mousetrap is set at the Winspear

The Peninsula Players’ latest show is set to open this weekend at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney

The Mousetrap opens at the Mary Winspear Centre this weekend.

The Peninsula Players are gearing up for their latest show which opens Nov. 1 at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The Mousetrap, by famous author Agatha Christie, holds a Guinness World Record for most performances in London.

The classic murder mystery centres around a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm.

The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

The play, directed by Geoffrey J. Davidson, is the first show the Players are doing as official partners of the Mary Winspear Centre.

The two groups signed a partnership agreement at the end of May after the Players were informed they would have to move from their location in the old Saanichton Elementary School building as the Saanich School District was expanding their programming there.

“It was a logical choice,” said Philip Sutton, the Winspear’s Theatre Manager, in a previous interview with the PNR.

“It’s hugely beneficial for both organizations and it’s another way for us to entrench ourselvesin the arts community.”

The Players have been a cornerstone in the arts community on the Saanich Peninsula since they officially began in 1953. The group has been performing at the Mary Winspear Centre and Berwick Royal Oak for years, and more recently have branched out to performing at Muse Winery in the summers (both of which will continue under the agreement with the Winspear.)

Three performances of The Mousetrap will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Saturday, Nov. 1 at  2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

For more information and performance dates for The Mousetrap at the Berwick, visit thepeninsulaplayers.ca. For tickets, see marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.