“The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?
One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed”.
Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s legendary murder mystery, ‘The Mousetrap’, has announced a major UK tour, which will open at Guildford Yvonne Arnaud on 29th January 2019, while continuing its record-breaking run in the West End’s St Martin’s Theatre.
Following its 60th anniversary debut tour in 2012, this much-loved thriller returns by popular demand, launching “an extensive new tour that will travel the length and breadth of the country, giving audiences all across the UK the opportunity to discover theatre’s best kept secret”.
First seen in Nottingham in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough, alongside his wife Sheila Sim, ‘The Mousetrap’ has gone on to become the world’s longest-running stage production, continuing a record-breaking run of over 27,500 performances in the West End following its initial transfer to The Ambassadors in 1952, and St Martin’s in 1973, where it has played ever since.
The play will star Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses) as Mrs Boyle for 24 weeks through to Norwich, with further star casting to be announced. The cast also includes David Alcock (Mr Paravacini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Caswell).
Susan Penhaligon joins the cast as Mrs Boyle from 15th July – 16th November 2019. Susan is well-known for her role in ITV drama ‘Bouquest of Barbed Wire’, and for playing Helen Barker in ITV sitcom ‘A Fine Romance’. Susan has toured the UK extensively with stage productions including ‘The Importance of being Earnest’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Rehearsal for Murder’, ‘And Then There Were None’, ‘The Constant Wife’, ‘Verdict’ and ‘Dangerous Obsessions’. Stage credits also include ‘Caste’ (Finborough Theatre), ‘Murder on Air’ (Theatre Royal Windsor), ‘Broken Glass’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘The Compliant Love’ (Palace Theatre) and ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (Royal Exchange). Susan has also appeared on film in ‘Top Dog’, ‘Citizen Versus Kane’, ‘Say that You Love Me’, ‘Say Hello to Yesterday’ and ‘Private Road’.
‘The Mousetrap’ is directed by Gareth Armstrong, and is produced by Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen.
Following Guildford, The Mousetrap will tour to Northampton Royal & Derngate, Sheffield Lyceum, Colchester Mercury, Southport Theatre, Sunderland Empire, High Wycombe Swan, Bromley Churchill, Cheltenham Everyman, Oxford Playhouse, Crewe Lyceum, Coventry Belgrade, Crawley Hawth, Darlington Hippodrome, Exeter Northcott, Salford Lowry, York Grand Opera House, Edinburgh Playhouse, Liverpool Empire, Southend Palace, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Bristol Hippodrome, Stoke Regent, Brighton Theatre Royal, Norwich Theatre Royal, Malvern Festival, Bournemouth Pavilion, Dartford Orchard, Eastbourne Devonshire Park and Cardiff New Theatre, with further venues to be announced.
Delighting theatregoers for 67 years, ‘The Mousetrap’ is described in The Telegraph as “the cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre”.
“Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner”.
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