The Mousetrap returns home at start of new tour

Published: 10 February 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The 2021 London cast of The Mousetrap Credit: Matt Crockett

The world’s longest-running play The Mousetrap is to go on a 70th anniversary tour which will start at the venue where it held its première in 1952—the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

Agatha Christie’s genre-defining murder mystery will visit more than 70 venues across the UK and Ireland including all the cities where it originally played.

Producer of The Mousetrap Adam Spiegel said, “what better way to celebrate 70 glorious years of The Mousetrap by taking Agatha Christie’s world-famous whodunnit to more than 70 towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland.

“A true British classic, this beloved tale of intrigue and suspense is as enthralling today as it was when it first opened in 1952 and I’m thrilled that audiences of all ages and from all corners of the country will have the chance to see it in their local theatres.”

After its first tour in 1952, The Mousetrap opened in the West End where it continues its record-breaking engagement at the St Martin’s Theatre. It has been performed there more than 28,500 times, selling 10 million tickets.

The anniversary tour will open at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 27 September until Saturday 1 October. It will then visit Dublin, Cork, Brighton, Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Bath, Manchester, Norwich, Malvern, Newcastle, Coventry, Chesterfield, Southampton, York, Cardiff, Plymouth, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Inverness, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Hereford, Chelmsford, Dundee, Derby, Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Torquay, Buxton, Swansea, Northampton, Truro, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Guildford, New Brighton, Bromley and Hastings. Further venues will be announced later as the tour continues into 2024.

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