It all goes back to 1952, when The Mousetrap held its world premiere at Theatre Royal Nottingham. Now on its 70th Anniversary tour, the play will arrive at the Edinburgh Playhouse on April 24 as part of The Mousetrap’s theatre tour of the UK and Ireland.
The longest running play in the world comes to Edinburgh during an extensive new tour of the UK and Ireland where the production will be visiting 70 venues, including all cities to which it originally played 70 years ago, plus many more. The classic murder mystery thriller from Agatha Christie, who is the world’s best-selling novelist of all time by the way, will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse on April 24 for one week only. Plus, the audience is not allowed to tell anyone outside of the show who the murderer is, so it makes it even more exciting that the spectators are a part of keeping a secret and keeping the tradition alive.
From the East End to Monkswell Manor, The Mousetrap 70th Anniversary tour will star Todd Carty as Major Metcalf and Gwyneth Strong as Mrs Boyle.
The plot is as iconic as murder mysteries get: while a group of seven strangers get stuck snowed in at Monkswell Manor in a majestic countryside guesthouse. Following recent news of a murder happening in London, a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. So, the audience will be taken on a suspensive journey to finding out which character is the murderer, as well as who will be their next victim.
Adam Spiegel, the producer of The Mousetrap, said: “What better way to celebrate 70 glorious years of The Mousetrap by taking Agatha Christie’s world-famous whodunnit to over 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 am thrilled that audiences, of all ages, and from all corners of the country, will have the chance to see it in their local theatres.”