The planned return of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap to live performances next month has been postponed due to the increasing likelihood of further social restrictions in London.
Producer Adam Spiegel said”
“In view of the current uncertainty and with greater restrictions looming for London, I have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the reopening of The Mousetrap.
When we took the decision in July that the show would reopen, it was in anticipation of a gradual easing of restrictions in general. The government’s announcement last week that the situation is deteriorating, together with increased restrictions being imposed across the country, makes it impossible to proceed with confidence.”
As the custodian of the show, I am deeply saddened to have to make this decision. But The Mousetrap will be back, and a new date to reopen will be announced as soon as there is a more certain environment and subject to government guidelines.”
Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit, the worlds longest running play, was tipped to be the first play to reopen in London’s West End when it resumed performances at the St Martins Theatre from 23 October 2020. It is not known when the show will resume performances.
I working towards opening the show in October, Spiegel had already instigated covid-secure changes to the theatre as well as changes to the choreography of the show to enable the actors to perform with social distancing. Two alternating sets of cast had also been announced, to mitigate the risk of cancelling the show if an actor became infected with covid.
Originally adapted from Christie’s radio play, Three Blind Mice, it has been performed 28,199 times in London and been seen by over 10 million people.
The murder mystery centres on seven strangers who find themselves stuck in a countryside guesthouse with a killer in their midst.
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St Martin's Theatre, London