60 years is a long time to be doing anything, including reigning a commonwealth, so it’s hats off to The Mousetrap for keeping those murders coming night after night since it opened at the New Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952.
As a fabulous way of garnering some interest in the show, a special one-off gala performance of the murder mystery will be played at the show’s current home, the St Martin’s Theatre, this Sunday 18 November 2012.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the staged reading (i.e. they haven’t learnt the lines!) will include a who’s who of British talent including Julie Walters as Mrs Boyle, Miranda Hart as Miss Casewell, Downton’s Hugh Bonneville as Giles Ralston, Tamsin Greig as Mollie Ralston, Iain Glen as Sgt Trotter, Patrick Stewart as Mr Paravicini, Nicholas Farrell as Major Metcalf and Harry Lloyd as Christopher Wren.
This will also mark the 25,000th performance of The Mousetrap and all proceeds from the night will go to theatre-education charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, run by the lovely Susan Whiddington.
A camper night we cannot imagine. Rather irritatingly it is already SOLD OUT – please God can someone record it for radio so we the masses can share the joy!
MEMORIAL TO AGATHA
Also this Sunday, a permanent Memorial to Dame Agatha Christie, writer of The Mousetrap, will be unveiled at St Martin’s Cross – close to the theatre on St Martin’s Lane, by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard and producer of the show Stephen Waley-Cohen.