Agatha Christie’s classic play celebrates birthday with UK wide tour.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre, is to be performed at the Cambridge Corn Exchange as part of a UK-wide 60th Anniversary tour.
The play, which has run for almost 25,000 performances, will come to the city from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 September 2013 and will give local people a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to see the masterpiece in their region. An all-star cast will be confirmed in early 2013.
The Mousetrap tells the tale of group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow who discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.
Over the years, The Mousetrap has featured 403 actors during its record-breaking run with Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim in the original cast. Since 1958, it has been the world's longest-running stage production. Famously, Christie gave her grandson, Mathew Prichard, the royalties for The Mousetrap for his ninth birthday, which in more recent years he has donated to charity. The London show, at St Martin's Theatre, will also continue during the tour.
Cambridge Corn Exchange Business & Marketing Manager Neil Jones said ‘we are absolutely delighted to welcome such a classic production to the city. The run promises to be one of the highlights of our 2013 programme’.