Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will re-open in London’s West End on Friday 23 October 2020.
The classic whodunnit will resume its record breaking run at The St Martin’s Theatre with social distancing in accordance with the Government stipulations for Stage Four of the recently announced Road Map for the return of live theatre and music. This will mean a limited audience and social distancing of 1+ meters. Social distancing will apply to actors and back stage staff.
Every other row in the 550-seat venue will be removed to provide easy access to exits and toilets; and seating will be arranged to accommodate couples, families and those attending solo.
Adam Spiegel, the producer of The Mousetrap, said:
“I recognise that for the vast majority of West End productions, operating with social distancing is simply not possible. I produce other shows which will also be unable to re-open under these restrictions. We are very fortunate with The Mousetrap that, with the help of our stakeholders, we are able to adapt our economic model to be able to re-open. Whilst this cannot be a long-term exercise, we believe it is a crucial first step in restoring live theatre to the London landscape.
From examinations of the operational requirements of the building, we are able to adhere to necessary social distancing on stage, backstage and throughout the auditorium and public spaces. The recent announcement of the government’s road map therefore brings our re-opening into immediate focus.
It feels very symbolic that The Mousetrap will be amongst the first – and potentially the very first – West End show to open its doors again. As well as being the longest running play in the world, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist this country has ever produced. She had already left a legacy for us to take great pride in. Her name being back up in lights in the West End, heralding the beginning of the end of a very dark time in the history of the theatre, means she will rightly remain one of the most celebrated figures in our cultural life.”
Rehearsal’s for the production will begin in September with actors including Paul Hilliar as Sergeant Trotter, Eleanor McLoughlin as Mollie Ralston and Lizzie Muncey as Miss Casewell.
Christie’s brilliant thriller about a killer stalking snowbound guests at a manor house is the world’s longest running play; running in London since 1952, it has been performed in London 28,200 times and been seen by over 10 million people. The piece will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2022.
The Mousetrap is booking from 23 October 2020 until 27 March 2021 at The St. Martins Theatre, London.
The Mousetrap tickets available here.