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Posted: 30/08/2013

The Mousetrap 60th anniversary tour

By: Press Office Tags: Agatha Christie Drama Thriller 60th anniversary

Press Release

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap UK TOUR

  • FURTHER TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP 60TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR; NOW BOOKING INTO 2014
  • CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 ONWARDS
  • KARL HOWMAN WILL CONTINUE IN HIS ROLE AS MR PARAVICINI ALONGSIDE THE NEW TOURING CAST: JOANNA CROLL (MOLLIE RALSTON), ELLIE JACOB (MISS CASEWELL), CHRISTOPHER GILLING (MAJOR METCALF), ANNE KAVANAGH (MRS BOYLE), HENRY LUXEMBURG (GILES RALSTON), RYAN SAUNDERS (CHRISTOPHER WREN) AND JONATHAN WOOLF (SERGEANT TROTTER).

For over 50 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production. The first ever tour of the record-breaking production opened on 11 September 2012 in Canterbury and will continue through 2013 into 2014, with further dates now announced. For a full list of tour dates up to June 2014, please see the ‘Notes to Editors’ below.

The cast for the third leg of the tour includes returning company member Karl Howman (Brush Strokes) as Mr Paravicini alongside: Joanna Croll (Sirens, Doctors) as Mollie Ralston, Ellie Jacob (DCI Banks, Misfits) as Miss Casewell, Christopher Gilling (ITV’s Law and Order, BBC1’s Silk) as Major Metcalf, Anne Kavanagh (Chichester Festival Theatre’s Goodnight Mr Tom, August: Osage County at the National Theatre) as Mrs Boyle, Henry Luxemburg (Hollyoaks, Hotel Babylon) as Giles Ralston, Ryan Saunders (Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, The History Boys UK tour) as Christopher Wren and Jonathan Woolf (Travelling Light at the National Theatre) as Sgt Trotter.

Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap world-wide to mark the 60th year. During this period the world’s longest running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions scheduled for Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.

The Mousetrap continues at St. Martin’s Theatre, London.

For further information please contact The Corner Shop PR on 020 7494 3665 or email Chloe@thecornershoppr.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

http://mousetrapontour.com

Tour Dates

  • Eastbourne Congress Theatre
    Sep 09-14 | 01323 412 000
    www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk
  • Cambridge Corn Exchange
    Sep 16-21 | 01223 357 851
    www.cornex.co.uk/ccm/portal
  • Bromley Churchill Theatre
    23 Sep - 28 Sep | 08448 717 620
    www.atgtickets.com/venues/the-churchill-theatre-bromley
  • Guildford G-Live
    Sep 30-Oct 5 | 0844 7701 797
    www.glive.co.uk
  • Oxford New Theatre
    Oct 7-12 | 01865 320 760
    www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford
  • Sunderland Empire Theatre
    Oct 15-19 | 0844 871 3022
    www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
  • Grimsby Auditorium
    Oct 21-26 | 01472 311 300
    www.atgtickets.com/venues/grimsby-auditorium
  • Rhyl Pavilion Theatre
    Oct 28-Nov 2 | 01745 330000
    www.rhylpavilion.co.uk
  • Coventry Belgrade Theatre
    Nov 4-9 | 024 7655 3055
    www.belgrade.co.uk
  • Leicester de Montfort Hall
    Nov 11-16 | 0116 233 3111
    www.demontforthall.co.uk
  • Buxton Opera House
    Nov 18-23 | 0845 127 2190
    www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
  • Blackpool Grand Theatre
    Nov 25-30 | 01253 290 190
    www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
  • Salisbury Playhouse Theatre
    27 Jan - 01 Feb | 01722 320 333
    www.salisburyplayhouse.com
  • Swindon Wyvern Theatre
    03 Feb - 08 Feb | 01793 524 481
    www.wyverntheatre.org.uk
  • Reading Hexagon
    10 Feb - 15 Feb | 0118 960 6060
    www.readingarts.com/thehexagon
  • Watford Colosseum
    17 Feb - 22 Feb | 0845 075 3993
    www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
  • Chesterfield Pomegranate
    24 Feb - 01 Mar | 01246 345 222
    www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
  • Hull New Theatre
    03 Mar - 08 Mar | 01482 300 300
    www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullnewtheatre
  • Billingham Forum Theatre
    10 Mar - 15 Mar | 01642 55 266
    www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk
  • Salford Lowry Theatre
    17 Mar - 22 Mar | 0843 208 6000
    www.thelowry.com
  • Poole Lighthouse Theatre
    24 Mar - 29 Mar | 0844 406 8666
    www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/the-mousetrap
  • Dunstable Grove Theatre
    31 Mar - 05 Apr | 01582 60 20 80
    www.grovetheatre.co.uk
  • Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
    07 Apr - 12 Apr | On Sale Soon
    www.everymantheatre.org.uk
  • Lichfield Garrick
    14 Apr - 19 Apr | 01543 412 121
    www.lichfieldgarrick.com
  • Derby Theatre
    21 Apr - 26 Apr | 01332 59 39 39
    www.derbytheatre.co.uk/mousetrap
  • Crawley Hawth Theatre
    28 Apr - 03 May | 01293 553 636
    www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/thehawth
  • Barnstaple Queens Theatre
    05 May - 10 May | 01271 324 242
    www.northdevontheatres.org.uk
  • Dartford Orchard Theatre
    12 May - 17 May | 01322 220 000
    www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
  • Hastings White Rock Theatre
    19 May - 24 May | 01424 462 288
    www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk
  • Hayes Beck Theatre
    26 May - 31 May | 020 8561 8371
    www.becktheatre.org.uk
  • Shrewsbury Severn Theatre
    02 Jun - 07 Jun | On Sale Soon
    www.theatresevern.co.uk
  • Crewe Lyceum Theatre
    09 Jun - 14 Jun | 01270 368 242
    www.crewelyceum.co.uk
  • Harrogate Theatre
    16 Jun - 21 Jun | 01423 502 116
    www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
  • Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and beloved wife, Sheila Sim took the leading roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It played there for 21 years and moved to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre without missing a performance.
  • The Mousetrap holds numerous Guinness World Records including ‘the longest continuous run of any show in the world’
  • The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences from around the world for as long as HRH Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne.
  • Since The Mousetrap opened, 419 actors and 243 understudies have appeared in the play.
  • Sir Peter Saunders was the producer of all of Agatha Christie’s plays, including The Mousetrap, which he sold to Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen in 1994.
  • On 25 November 2002, The Mousetrap celebrated its golden jubilee with a Birthday Gala performance attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Lord (Richard) Attenborough gave the famous curtain speech exactly 50 years since he first delivered it in London: “Now you have seen The Mousetrap you are our partners in crime, and we ask you to preserve the tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in your hearts.”
  • In November 2012 Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, welcomed the audience to the Diamond Jubilee celebratory evening, which was also the 25,000th performance of The Mousetrap. All of the proceeds from the night were donated to Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the leading theatre education charity seed-funded by the play.
  • Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971; her books have sold billions of copies around the world – many more than any other author except Shakespeare and The Bible. She died on the 12th January 1976 aged 85.
  • At one point she had three plays running at the same time in the West End, a feat never matched by any other woman. She was as successful as a playwright as she was as a novelist. Her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
  • She gave her grandson, Mathew Prichard, the royalties from The Mousetrap for his ninth birthday. In recent years he has donated them to the benefit of charities for the arts and other causes especially in Wales. Mathew Prichard CBE is Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.
  • There have been productions of The Mousetrap in 50 languages, and there is rarely a night without a performance somewhere in the world, but there have never before been so many productions deliberately licensed in the same period.
  • Mousetrap Theatre Projects is London's leading theatre education charity. It takes 12,000 disadvantaged young people to the best of London theatre each year, who would not otherwise have that opportunity. It is supported by virtually every theatre and producer in London, and by the Society of London Theatre, as well as numerous generous donors. For further information on Mousetrap Theatre Projects or this project, contact Susan Whiddington, Director, on 020 7836 4388.

The Mousetrap continues at:
St. Martin’s The
atre
West Street London
WC2H 9NZ

Box Office: 08444 99 1515
www.the-mousetrap.co.uk

Performances:
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinee performances at 3.00pm on Tuesday and 4.00pm on Saturday

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