Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is finally opening on Broadway.
Producers of the show have now announced that The Mousetrap is heading to Broadway in 2023 – a first for the famous whodunnit.
The news comes as the world’s longest-running play celebrates its 70th anniversary today, 25 November 2022, having premiered at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952.
The show has been seen by over 10 million people (and played 28,915 times in London!), and continues to play at the St Martin’s Theatre, next door to the Ambassadors, and is now booking to 25 November 2023.
The Broadway opening follows the success of new movie See How They Run, set against the backdrop of The Mousetrap celebrating its 100th performance in the 1950’s. Its starry cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Adrien Brody, and David Oyelowo.
Some famous names have been rumoured for the Broadway cast, but no casting or theatre has yet been announced.
A special midday matinee performance of the play will take place today in London for many of the people – onstage and backstage – who have worked on The Mousetrap in the past.
Also as part of the 70th celebrations, a special cartoon has been commissioned by the show’s producers, drawn by acclaimed writer and cartoonist for The Sunday Times and Private Eye, Nick Newman (see below).
A masterpiece in murder-mystery writing, The Mousetrap sees a group of strangers gathered together in a remote country house only to discover a murderer in their midst.
The current cast includes Eleanor McLoughlin as Mollie Ralston, Greg Lockett as Giles Ralston, George Naylor as Christopher Wren, Pamela Hardman as Mrs. Boyle, Ravi Aujla as Major Metcalf, Lizzie Frain as Miss Casewell, Matthew White as Mr. Paravicini and Daniel Solbe as Detective Sergeant Trotter. Other cast include Elliot Coombe, Kate Cresswell, Bella Farr, Clive Marlowe and Thomas Wingfield.
The Mousetrap is written by Agatha Christie, and directed by Ian Talbot.
The Broadway production will be a co-production between The Mousetrap’s UK producer Adam Spiegel, and Tony Award-winning US producer Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, Motown The Musical, The Play That Goes Wrong, Six).
Kevin McCollum is also producing the West End transfer of Mrs Doubtfire, and recently joined forces with Jamie Wilson to become principal producers of the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.
Kevin McCollum said: “I am thrilled that Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery that changed popular theatre and has been a landmark attraction for US visitors to London’s West End for the past 70 years will now be coming to Broadway. I’m excited for the huge Christie fan-base in North America, and for the acting company in New York who will join the esteemed ranks of The Mousetrap alumni.”.
Adam Spiegel said: “There can be no better way to mark today’s milestone in The Mousetrap’s illustrious run, than to look ahead to a production in New York. I feel after the longest out of town try-out in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to transfer to Broadway!”