Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap is set to celebrate its 70th anniversary in the West End.
The world’s longest running play will host a special celebration performance on Friday 25 November 2022 – the night of the 70th anniversary.
The special midday matinee performance on Friday 25 November will be to give thanks and recognition to the vast number of people who have worked and continue to work on the production, including guests with a historic connection to the show.
A new cast has also been announced for the show. From 21 November 2022, the cast will be Sara Lessore (The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Globe) as Mollie Ralston, George Banks (Coronation Street) as Giles Ralston, Jonathan Tynan-Moss (Doctor Who Time Fracture) as Christopher Wren, Sarah Whitlock (The Mousetrap) as Mrs. Boyle, Philip Childs (Long Day’s Journey Into Night) as Major Metcalf, Phoebe Sparrow (Downton Abbey) as Miss Casewell, Rob Pomfret (BBC’s The Responder) as Mr. Paravicini and George Jones as Detective Sgt. Trotter.
The Mousetrap murder mystery by Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling novelist of all time, has been performed over 28,500 times in London and has been seen by over 10 million people. Husband-and-wife stars Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim starred in the first production of the drama in 1952, represented on film this year by new movie See How They Run, set against the backdrop of the 100th performance celebrations of the show.
As part of the year’s celebration, The Mousetrap has also partnered with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity working to give children the literacy skills to succeed in life. The two-year partnership will deliver the Young Mystery Writers programme, working with 30 secondary school in London and across the UK to inspire a new generation of mystery writers. The young students from disadvantaged backgrounds will write their own whodunnit short story and see The Mousetrap.
Tim Judge, Head of Schools Programmes at the National Literacy Trust, said: “This partnership will use Agatha Christie’s incredible legacy to encourage a love of writing – a key literacy skill – in 600 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time and Young Mystery Writers, on the 70th anniversary of The Mousetrap, will continue to serve as an inspiration to the next generation of mystery writers.”
Adam Spiegel, the producer of The Mousetrap, said: “As the custodian of The Mousetrap in its 70th year I am delighted to be supporting the fantastic work of the National Literacy Trust. Agatha Christie has inspired countless readers from every walk of life and I can think of no better partnership to honour the legacy of her work”
The 70th Anniversary touring production of The Mousetrap opened at Nottingham Theatre Royal in September 2022 and will perform at over 70 venues throughout the UK and Ireland.
The Mousetrap is produced by Adam Spiegel and directed by Ian Talbot OBE.