Murder in mind as record breaker goes on tour

The current cast of The Mousetrap
The current cast of The Mousetrap
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Agatha Christie’s record breaking play The Mousetrap is making its first ever UK tour next year – including a week long run at Manchester Opera House.

For over 50 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production and with the production now having entered its 60th year in London’s West End it is celebrating its birthday with a gala in aid of Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

The Mousetrap will also begin its first ever UK tour opening in September next week and is planned to run for 60 weeks.

All-star casting will be announced. Each star performer will tour for 12 weeks.

To mark the 60th year, Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap world-wide. During this period the world’s longest running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions scheduled for Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.

As part of the 60th year of The Mousetrap, Mousetrap Theatre Projects will also run an educational writing project for year six pupils at 60 primary schools across London. Pupils will be encouraged to write their own short mystery. The best stories or plays will be read by professional actors on the set of The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre. Thousands of year six pupils will attend matinee performances of The Mousetrap as part of the project.

The play is to introduce a small charity fee of 60p on each ticket at St Martin’s Theatre, in addition to the regular ticket price, which will be applied entirely for the benefit of charities working with young people and the arts, including Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

The first ever UK tour of The Mousetrap will begin next September at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and is at Manchester Opera House from October 22 to 27. Tickets from 0844 871 3018 (www.atgtickets.com/manchester) are now on sale .

Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim took the leading roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It played there for 21 years and moved to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre in 1973 without missing a performance.

Since opening, 403 actors and 235 understudies have appeared in the play.

There have been productions of The Mousetrap in 50 languages, and there is rarely a night without a performance somewhere in the world.