The most famous play in the world, Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP, makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 20th October to Saturday 25th October as the legendary, hit thriller’s first major UK tour is extended.
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their past secrets until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the murderer and the motive are finally revealed.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Quite simply a great piece of theatrical history, this whodunit written by the greatest crime writer of all time holds numerous Guinness World Records including ‘the longest continuous run of any show in the world’.
The Mousetrap is now celebrating 62 years in the West End, where this extraordinary classic has famously run at London’s St. Martin’s Theatre for the last 41 years, two thirds of its record-breaking run. Since its opening, 419 actors and 243 understudies have appeared in The Mousetrap. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.
A number of the cast are reprising their roles from the production in London’s West End, including Michael Fenner as Mr Paravicini. His previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Out of Order in 1991, The War of the Roses in 1987 and The Spanish Tragedy in 1983. His television work includes My Family, Footballer’s Wives, Doctors, London’s Burning, EastEnders, and The War of the Roses television series. Anne Kavanagh returns to the role of Mrs Boyle. Her extensive stage credits include many performances for the National Theatre, as well as Dancing in Lughnasa in the West End, and The Grapes of Wrath at Chichester Festival Theatre. Stephen Yeo appears as Christopher Wren, whilst Helen Clapp plays the role of Mollie Ralston and Charlotte Latham appears as Miss Casewell.
The role of Major Metcalf will be played by Christopher Gilling. His many stage credits include The Voysey Inheritance and The Life of Galileo for the National Theatre. His television credits include Law and Order and Silk. Henry Luxemburg appears as Giles Ralston. He last performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2008 playing Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret. His film and television credits include the role of Toby Mills in Hollyoaks, as well as roles in Doctor Who, Hotel Babylon and Doctors. Luke Jenkins plays the role of Sergeant Trotter.
The classic murder mystery play The Mousetrap first entered the record books in April 1958 when it became the longest running show of any kind in the history of British Theatre. Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and wife, Sheila Sim took the leading roles when the production first opened in the West End at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It played there for 21 years before moving to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre in 1974 without missing a performance.
On tour, The Mousetrap will be performed on a complete replica of Anthony Holland’s 1965 set. Mousetrap Productions licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap world-wide to mark its 60th anniversary, which means that the world’s longest running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions taking place across the globe in Australia, China, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Italy, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.
Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. Her books have sold billions of copies around the world – many more than any other author except Shakespeare and The Bible. She was as successful as a playwright as she was as a novelist. Her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. At one point Agatha Christie had 3 plays running at the same time in the West End, a feat unmatched by any other woman. She died in January 1976, aged 85.
Agatha Christie gave her grandson, Mathew Prichard, the royalties from The Mousetrap for his 9th birthday. In recent years he has donated them to the benefit of charities for the arts and other causes. Mathew Prichard CBE is Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 20th October to Saturday 25th October. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk