Legendary Agatha Christie stage adap The Mousetrap to tour the UK
West End cast Luke Jenkins, Henry Luxemburg and Helen Clapp take the murder mystery on the road
This article is from 2014.
As British as changeable weather, withering sarcasm and a nice cup of tea, Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit The Mousetrap is still the longest-running play in the world, having opened in theatres in 1952 and translated into over 50 languages. While the cast has gone through 419 actors, the secret of the murderer has remained hidden in the hearts of the audience.
Proving the ultimate 'tale with a twist' never dates, this play has the distinction of a Guinness World Record for its incredible longevity, surpassing even Christie's expectations herself. Previous actors in its stellar cast include Richard Attenborough, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and Stephanie Cole; this time, performers from the West End production will be taking the show on tour.
Luke Jenkins is Sargeant Trotter and Henry Luxemburg and Helen Clapp return as the uppity newlywed hotel owners Giles and Mollie Ralston, in whose hotel the action takes place.
The set-up is typical Christie: when the guests are stranded in a salubrious hotel due to a snowdrift, and a woman's body discovered, every other person could be a suspect. But the killer may not be all that they seem.
Scurry, scamper or run to see this production. But remember the spoiler alert – don't 'squeak' – there must be someone left who has never seen it.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow Mon 15–Fri 19 Sep.