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LONDON: Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap 60th Anniversary

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  • STAR CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PERFORMANCE OF AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP
  • HUGH BONNEVILLE, NICHOLAS FARRELL, IAIN GLEN, TAMSIN GREIG, MIRANDA HART, HARRY LLOYD, PATRICK STEWART AND JULIE WALTERS ARE TO STAR IN THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING STAGE PRODUCTION FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrapin London, a star-studded gala performance will take place at St. Martin’s Theatre on Sunday 18 November at 6:30pm. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the cast for this staged reading will be Hugh Bonneville (Giles Ralston), Nicholas Farrell (Major Metcalf), Iain Glen (Sgt Trotter) Tamsin Greig (Mollie Ralston), Miranda Hart (Miss Casewell), Harry Lloyd (Christopher Wren), Patrick Stewart (Mr Paravicini) and Julie Walters (Mrs Boyle).

Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard will welcome the audience for this diamond jubilee celebratory evening, which will also be the 25,000th performance.  All of the proceeds from the night (for which all of the tickets are already sold) will be donated to Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the leading theatre education charity seed-funded by the play.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production since 1958; the first ever UK tour (scheduled for 60 weeks) continues to play to sold-out houses with additional performances being added to most regions, whilst the 60 licensed productions around the globe continue to set records of their own.

Before the Gala begins, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Mathew Prichard, and Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen (Producer of The Mousetrap and Founder/Chairman of Mousetrap Theatre Projects) will unveil a permanent Memorial to Dame Agatha Christie at St Martin’s Cross in the form of a giant book also containing her portrait.                           

-ENDS-

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • The first ever UK tour of The Mousetrap began in September 2012 at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. For a full list of tour dates please visit www.mousetrapontour.com
  • Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and beloved wife, Sheila Sim took the leading roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It played there for 21 years and moved to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre in 1973 without missing a performance.
  • The Mousetrap holds numerous Guinness World Records including ‘the longest continuous run of any show in the world’
  • The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences from around the world for as long as HRH Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne.
  • Since The Mousetrap opened, 411 actors and 239 understudies have appeared in the play.
  • Sir Peter Saunders was the producer of all of Agatha Christie’s plays, including The Mousetrap, which he sold to Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen in 1994.
  • On 25 November 2002, The Mousetrap celebrated its golden jubilee with a Birthday Gala performance attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Lord (Richard) Attenborough gave the famous curtain speech exactly 50 years since he first delivered it in London: “Now you have seen The Mousetrap you are our partners in crime, and we ask you to preserve the tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in your hearts.”
  • Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971; her books have sold billions of copies around the world – many more than any other author except Shakespeare and The Bible. She died on the 12th January 1976 aged 85.
  • At one point she had three plays running at the same time in the West End, a feat never matched by any other woman. She was as successful as a playwright as she was as a novelist. Her most famous characters are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
  • She gave her grandson, Mathew Prichard, the royalties from The Mousetrap for his ninth birthday. In recent years he has donated them to the benefit of charities for the arts and other causes especially in Wales. Mathew Prichard CBE is Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.
  • There have been productions of The Mousetrap in 50 languages, and there is rarely a night without a performance somewhere in the world, but there have never before been so many productions deliberately licensed in the same period.
  • Mousetrap Theatre Projects is London's leading theatre education charity. It takes 12,000 disadvantaged young people to the best of London theatre each year, who would not otherwise have that opportunity. It is supported by virtually every theatre and producer in London, and by the Society of London Theatre, as well as numerous generous donors.
  • For further information on Mousetrap Theatre Projects or this project, contact Susan Whiddington, Director, on 020 7836 4388.

The Mousetrap
continues at
St. Martin’s Theatre
West Street
London
WC2H 9NZ

Get The Mousetrap Tickets
Box Office 08444 99 1515
www.the-mousetrap.co.uk

Performances
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinee performances at 3.00pm on Tuesday and 4.00pm on Saturday