Don’t Miss The 70th Anniversary Of The Mousetrap

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim?

Believe it or not – I’ve never actually seen The Mousetrap. But it looks sooo good, doesn’t it? I mean, there has to be a reason it’s the longest running play in the world!

I might just nab my chance to see it live, though, when it tours the UK and Ireland from this September. As part of the 70th Anniversary tour of The Mousetrap, it will visit over 70 venues throughout the UK and Ireland including the Grand Opera House in York – so there’s really no excuse to pay the show a visit!

The genre-defining murder mystery from Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling novelist of all time, will open at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, where it held its original world premiere in 1952. Since then, The Mousetrap opened in the West End where still to this day, it continues its record-breaking engagement at the St Martin’s Theatre having been performed there over 28,500 times, selling over 10 million tickets. Pretty impressive stuff!

Initial casting has also been announced, which is super exciting. Launching the tour will be Todd Carty in the role of Major Metcalf. Carty has had a long career on stage and screen but is most known for his television roles of Mark Fowler in EastEnders, PC Gabriel Brent in The Bill and Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill. He was a contestant Dancing on Ice too, which is obviously where I know him from as he is my favourite TV show contestant of all time, ever. If you know, you know.

Television actress Gwyneth Strong will return to the role of Mrs Boyle for initial venues. She is known for her beloved portrayal of Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses.

John Altman, will perform the role of Mr Paravicini, he is best known for playing ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton in BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was killed off in February 2015 as part of the special 30th anniversary episode.

A full tour schedule and further information can be found on MousetrapOnTour.co.uk. Which of the tour’s 70 venues will you be visiting?

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  1. Mousetrap was the first straight play I went to- at a local theater in St. Louis; Agatha Christie is my favorite mystery author- started to love her after reading “And Then There was None” in 12th grade

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