Coup for theatre as The Mousetrap springs back

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

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The Mousetrap, which played to sell-out audiences every night during a week-long run at The Grand in November, is to return to the theatre later in the year.

In what is a major coup for the venue, the show will be back on Thursday November 6 to Saturday 8. Tickets go on sale at 10am today and are expected to be snapped up fast.

The Mousetrap is a phenomenon.

It is written by queen of crime Agatha Christie, who, by the time of her death in 1976, had sold four billion books worldwide, a figure exceeded only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Christie is the lady responsible for the likes of TV hits Miss Marple and Poirot, but The Mousetrap is proving to be her most enduring work.

Christie herself predicted it would “last eight months” when The Mousetrap made its West End debut in 1952. She was a little wide of the mark. It has run ever since.

The Queen came to watch the 50th anniversary production in 2002 and the 25,000th performance took place last November. It is still running daily in the West End, with a touring production of the show heading around the UK from time to time.

“We are delighted to announce Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will return to Blackpool,” said a spokesman at the theatre.

“The Mousetrap is the longest-running stage production in British History and following a sell-out run at The Grand last year, we are sure it will prove hugely popular when it comes back to the theatre in November.”

The plot is simple. A group of strangers gather in a country house cut off by the snow but discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

A good old fashioned whodunnit with a devilish twist at the end, audience members are asked not to reveal the identity of the murderer.

It stars Karl Howman (best known for a long-running role in TV’s Brush Strokes) and Joanna Croll (Sirens, Doctors).

Tickets from £19.50 are available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or the box office on 01253 743339.