The Mousetrap Continues in the West End as UK Tour Comes to an End
It’s been a while since we talked about the hit show The Mousetrap, the long-running Agatha Christie play at the St Martin’s Theatre, and this is despite the fact that it remains the longest running show of all time, with the approaching 2017 marking 65 years since it initially opened at the Ambassadors Theatre.
But a new press release concerning the show’s UK tour puts an end to that as it heads into the final stretch of what is dubbed its 60th Anniversary Tour. The final dates take it to Glasgow, Swindon, Cardiff, Wakefield, Perth, Ayr, Edinburgh, Guildford, Birmingham, Tunbridge Wells, the Isle of Wight, Derry, Oxford, Carlisle and Aberystwyth. Meanwhile, the West End version continues at the St Martin’s Theatre, of course.
The Mousetrap is Agatha Christie’s iconic murder-mystery that focuses on the inhabitants of a hotel during a snow storm. The setting is classic Agatha Christie, with the hotel taking the form of the converted Monkswell Manor, and it is here that the guests become trapped thanks to the weather. Then news emerges from the police – a killer is on the loose and they must have their wits about them – and this only gets worse when they realise that the culprit is amongst them. We follow murders and theories through the show until we discover the killer’s real identity – a secret that the audience is ultimately asked to keep to themselves so that future audiences get the same surprises.
The current tour is the first to take place and this has ensured turn-out has been high, with audiences flocking to witness the classic West End show as it heads out on the road. It has also been seen around the world, with many countries staging their own productions.
But then it has had plenty of time to build up a reputation. Its 1952 opening at the Ambassadors Theatre makes it the longest running show in the West End and the world, eclipsing the competition. In the West End, the second longest running show is Les Miserables and The Mousetrap beats that by 33 years!
It continues its run at the St Martin’s Theatre where it is booking until 2017. Meanwhile, the touring version begins its next leg in the autumn, beginning in Glasgow on 12th September 2016.