For over 50 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production, and its taken that long for a first ever tour of the record-breaking production to take place.
The legendary show will visit Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre in February next year and on 10 Thursday the cast made a trip to the town to discover the attractions of The Rat Trap in Stratton.
The cast for the third leg of the tour, pictured by Richard Wintle of www.calyxpix.com includes returning company member Karl Howman (Brush Strokes) as Mr Paravicini alongside: Joanna Croll (Sirens, Doctors) as Mollie Ralston, Ellie Jacob (DCI Banks, Misfits) as Miss Casewell, Christopher Gilling (ITV’s Law and Order, BBC1’s Silk) as Major Metcalf, Anne Kavanagh (Chichester Festival Theatre’s Goodnight Mr Tom, August: Osage County at the National Theatre) as Mrs Boyle, Henry Luxemburg (Hollyoaks, Hotel Babylon) as Giles Ralston, Ryan Saunders (Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, The History Boys UK tour) as Christopher Wren and Jonathan Woolf (Travelling Light at the National Theatre) as Sgt Trotter.
Mark Richardson, landlord of The Rat Trap said: “We’re delighted to host the cast of the Mousetrap at the Rat Trap. Pubs and crime novels are great British traditions and we’ll be raising a glass to both.”
Jonathan Woolf, who plays Sgt Trotter in the show, commented: “I think most people have said they’re guessing right to the end and when the ‘who dunnit’ is revealed there is a great reaction in the audience.”
Ellie Jacob (Miss Casewell) added: “It is so nice to go to new venues and see new places."
Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap world-wide to mark the sixtieth year. During this period the world’s longest running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions scheduled for Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.
“The Mousetrap is a theatrical phenomenon that will go down in history as one of the must-see productions in the West End,” said Wyvern Theatre director Derek Aldridge. “It’s a huge honour to welcome the production to Swindon.”
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will run at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 February. Book tickets at wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.