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The Mousetrap is the genre-defining murder mystery from Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling novelist of all time. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim?
The 70th anniversary tour opened at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, where it held its original world premiere in 1952. The iconic thriller is now visiting over 70 venues across the country, including all cities to which it originally played 70 years ago, plus many more.
This 70th Anniversary tour marks the first of many ways that The Mousetrap will be celebrating its extraordinary milestone year.
The touring cast includes Todd Carty (EastEnders, Grange Hill, Dancing on Ice) as Major Metcalf and Catherine Shipton (Casualty) as Mrs Boyle. In the truly ensemble piece where everyone is a suspect Rachel Dawson (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol) will appear as Mollie Ralston, Michael Lyle (Amadeus & A Christmas Carol) as Giles Ralston, Shaun McCourt (Blood Brothers UK Tour, War Horse) as Christopher Wren, Leigh Lothian (Chariots of Fire) as Miss Casewell, Steven Elliott (The Crown, Holby City) as Mr Paravicini and Garyn Williams (The Corn Is Green) as Detective Sgt. Trotter. This casting is for 2023 venues.
The 70th Anniversary tour of The Mousetrap continues to visit towns and cities around the country with upcoming theatres including Aberdeen, Blackpool, Hereford, Chelmsford, Dundee, Derby, Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Torquay, Buxton, Swansea, Northampton, Truro, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Guildford, New Brighton, Bromley, and Hastings, continuing throughout 2023 with further venues into 2024 to be announced in due course.
Following its 1952 premiere touring production, The Mousetrap opened in the West End where still to this day, it continues its record-breaking engagement at the St Martin’s Theatre having been performed there over 29,000 times, selling over 10 million tickets.
Theatre credits include: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Gillian Lynne Theatre, UK & Ireland Tour); Amelie the Musical (Watermill Theatre/ The Other Palace/ Criterion Theatre, UK & Ireland Tour); A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage); Once (New Wolsey/Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); The Jungle Book (UK Tour); A Little Night Music, Oliver! (Watermill Theatre); These Trees are Made of Blood; (Southwark Playhouse); Cider with Rosie (Cheltenham Everyman).
International theatre credits include: Rachel toured with Les Enfants Theatre Company. Productions included The Terrible Infants and Ernest and the Pale Moon.
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol ( The RSC); Amadeus (National Theatre); The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Season’s Greetings ( Stephen Joseph Theatre/ New Vic); No Villain (Trafalgar Studios); Screwface (Bush Theatre); The Game of Love and Chance (Arcola Theatre); The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo (Theatre503); Home Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Talking to Alice (Greenwich Theatre); This One Goes Out to All My Motherf*ckers Back Home (Soho Theatre); 24 Hour Plays, Every Bit of My Love and Aim of the Game (Old Vic New Voices); Sweet Love Remember’d (Shakespeare’s Globe); For the Best (Unicorn Theatre); Lord of the Flies (Watford Palace Theatre).
Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC); The Last Hours of Laura K (BBC).
Film credits include: My Grandson Charlotte; Number One Fan New World; Nuryan.
Training: Guildford school of Acting.
Theatre credits include: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Gillian Lynne Theatre and UK Tour); The Windsors: Endgame (Prince of Wales Theatre); Blood Brothers (UK Tour); War Horse (New London Theatre); The Railway Children (Kings Cross Theatre); Imagine This (Union Theatre); Lolanthe (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour); and Bernstein’s Mass (Royal Festival Hall).
Workshops include: The Grinning Man (NT Studios); I Capture the Castle (NT Studios); The Attic (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Training: Rose Bruford College
Theatre credits include: Soldiers’ Wives (UK Tour); I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There (UK Tour); Decade: 2003/Gorgons (Theatre 503); Spider’s Web (UK Tour); Joking Apart (Theatre Royal Windsor); Memory of Water (Watford Palace); Sweet Revenge (Theatre Royal Windsor).
Television credits include: Duffy in Casualty (BBC); Doctors (BBC); The Bill (Thames/ITV); Taggart (ITV); Agent Z and the Penguins From Mars (BBC); One Foot in the Grave (BBC); Little Sir Nicholas (BBC).
As Tucker in the BBC’s Grange Hill Todd became an overnight success leading to his own series Tucker’s Luck. He is also known for his roles of Mark Fowler in EastEnders (BBC) and of PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill (Talkback/Thames).
Theatre credits include: Patsy in Spamalot (West End and UK Tour); Detective inspector Hallett in The Business of Murder (UK Tour).
Film and Television credits include: A Touch of Cloth (Sky Television); Papadopolous & Sons (Double M Films); Ray Hallam in Heartbeat; Cameron Cooke in Holby City; The Black Velvet Band (Yorkshire Televsion).
Other credits include: Dancing on Ice (ITV); Directing several episodes of Doctors (BBC); Narration for numerous television programmes including Paddington Green.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre credits include: Bold Girls (Cumbernauld Theatre); The Da Vinci Code (UK Tour); The Lovely Bones (Birmingham Rep/UK Tour); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre, West End/UK Tour); Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre); Avenue Q (Gatehouse Theatre); The Flouers O’Edinburgh (Finborough Theatre); Selkie (Southwark Playhouse); The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre); Old Goat Song (Lion and Unicorn Theatre).
Television credits include: Nolly (ITV).
Workshops include: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court); Lager Ladies (National Theatre of Scotland); Being Groucho (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
Training: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Frankenstein (Danny Boyle, National Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre); The Ladykillers (UK tour); Dancing at Lughnasa (Abbey Theatre, Dublin);
Productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company include: Twelfth Night, Henry V, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, The Bite of the Night, A Christmas Carol, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Pentecost.
Productions with Theatre Clywd include: Macbeth, Arcadia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noises Off, The Suicide, Two Princes, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, A Chorus of Disapproval, Jumpy, and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Television credits include: The Crown; Holby City; Da Vinci’s Demons; Judge John Deed; Mike Bassett – Manager; Inspector Morse; Ghostboat; Dal y Melt; Porthpenwaig; Tess of the D’Urbevilles; Crash; Tunnel of Love; War Gamers.
Film credits include: Warchief; Roald and Beatrix; Y Swyn; Cold Earth; Time Bandits; Hamlet; Les Miserables; Rise of the Appliances; The Watcher in the Woods; King Lear, True West and Frankenstein (NT Live).
Steven is an Associate Learning Practitioner for the RSC and Associate Artist at Theatre Clwyd.
Training: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre credits include: The Corn Is Green (National Theatre); Back To The Light (Pentabus Theatre); Pride! The Musical (Research and Development, Old Vic); Petula (Research and Development, National Theatre Of Wales); Under Milk Wood (Research and Development, National Theatre).
Theatre credits while training: Bus Stop; Dealers Choice; Tartuffe; Merchant Of Venice; RAGE; After Rhinoceros.
Film and Television credits include: Porth/Purgatory; Keeping Faith; Gwaith / Cartref; To Provide All People; Cyswllt / Lifelines; Bull.
UnderstudyASM / U/S Mollie / Casewell
Training: Identity School of Acting.
Theatre credits include: Pace; AMATA; Falmouth; Leviathan (Hackney Studios); Loveshots (Union Theatre); Drivers (Lion & Unicorn Theatre).
Film and Television credits include: The Woods; Sweet Lamb; Here We Go (BBC); Ted Lasso (Apple TV).
Other credits include: Perdita writes spoken word poetry and has performed at events including The Nasty Poet Presents (Boxpark); Say it Back (1948LDN); Earsmoke (Laylow).
UnderstudyASM / U/S Wren / Trotter
Training: Rose Bruford College and Guildford School of Acting (GSA).
Theatre credits include: Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall); Romeo & Juliet (Midsummer Scene - Fort Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik); Napoli 44 (Voila! Europe Festival - Cockpit Theatre); A Family Aﬀair (Vienna’s English Theatre - Tour).
Web Series credits include: Right Honourable Gentlemen.
UnderstudyU/S Giles / Metcalf / Paravacini
Training: Guildford School of Acting
Film credits include: Mercy (Hear Their Voices); Spiceworld (Columbia Pictures).
Theatre credits include: The Mousetrap (UK Tour); The LadyKillers (Theatre Royal Windsor); Stone Cold Murder (Sidmouth Repertory); A Christmas Carol (Pulling Focus).
Television Credits include: The Happenings (Apple TV); Emmerdale (ITV)
Film credits include: Wrong Turn 6; Last Resort (20th Century Fox); The Tombs: Rise of the Damned; BITE.
UnderstudyU/S Giles / Metcalf / Paravacini
Training: Arts Ed.
Film & Television Credits include: Shakuntala Devi Human Computer (Sony), The Beast of Blue Yonder.
Other credits include: Barnaby has narrated numerous audiobooks and audio dramas including The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton Albie in Doctor Who Albie’s Angels.
UnderstudyU/S Mrs Boyle
Training: Mountview Theatre School (Postgraduate Diploma Acting); Cardiff University (PG Diploma - Theatre Studies).
Theatre credits include: The Mousetrap (UK Tour); Switzerland (Ambassadors Theatre, West End); Lear (Valley of the Rocks, Exmoor); The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour); Deathtrap (UK Tour); A Room With a View (Bath Theatre Royal); And Then There Were None (UK Tour); La Bohème (Royal Albert Hall); Birds of a Feather (UK Tour); Duet for One (UK Tour); Less Than Kind (UK Tour); Seasons Greetings (UK Tour); House of Ghosts (UK Tour); Women on the Verge of HRT (UK Tour); Private Lives (UK Tour); The Clean House (UK Tour); Bedroom Farce (UK Tour); Strangers on a Train (UK Tour); Marrying the Mistress (UK Tour); Arsenic & Old Lace (UK Tour); The Shell Seekers (UK Tour); My Boy Jack (Yvonne Arnaud & UK Tour) and Corpse! (UK Tour).
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (born Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.
Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and is still running after more than 27,500 performances.
IAN TALBOT O.B.E
Ian was Artistic and Managing Director of The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park from 1987 until 2007. For Regent’s Park he directed Babes In Arms; The Fantasticks; Lady Be Good; The Card; Kiss Me, Kate; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Oh, What A Lovely War; H.M.S. Pinafore (all nominated for Olivier Awards); The Pirates Of Penzance (Olivier nomination for best director 2000); Much Ado About Nothing; Androcles and the Lion; Look Here Old Son; The Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Connecticut Yankee; The Comedy Of Errors; Paint Your Wagon; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; The Music Man; Where’s Charley?; Camelot and The Boyfriend.
His other directing credits include: The Secret Garden (Watermill Theatre; Newbury); Yeoman Of The Guard (Savoy Theatre); Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall); High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre and national tour); The Pirates Of Penzance (West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour); Anything Goes (national tour); Kiss Me; Kate (Brisbane Festival); Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (Gielgud Theatre); Doctor In The House (national tour); The Invisible Man and Charlie’s Aunt (The Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Letters (Dubai Festival); Third Finger Left Hand (Trafalgar Studios); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe; San Diego); Million Dollar Quartet (national tour); Eugenius (The Other Palace); The Mousetrap (St. Martins Theatre); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (national tour); White Christmas (national tour) and many overseas tours and pantomimes.
Denise trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her career as an actress and singer working in the West End, film, television, and radio. She began her relationship with The Mousetrap by playing Miss Casewell in 1994 and then again in 2001. She became Production Supervisor for the show in 2009 and then Artistic Director in 2018. She has cast every West End production since 2009, tours since 2015 and has cast and directed productions in China, the Far East and India.
Other production and casting credits include: Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk (feature films), Bloody Difficult Women (Riverside Studios), The Pargetter Triptych (podcast), Musik (Edinburgh and West End), The Dame (Park Theatre and National Tour), Dead Sheep (Park Theatre and National Tour), An Audience with Jimmy Saville (Park Theatre and Edinburgh), The Roundabout (Park Theatre and New York), Twitstorm, Deny Deny Deny and Twilight Song (Park Theatre), Alex Salmond Unleashed (Edinburgh and National Tour), Once Seen on Blue Peter (Edinburgh Festival), All or Nothing (Arts and Ambassadors Theatre), Don’t Call Me Nigel (National Tour), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (National Tour), The Watcher (Waterloo East Theatre), The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Edinburgh Festival, Ambassadors Theatre, Kings Head), Burton, Clown in the Moon, Wilde Without the Boy (Edinburgh and St James’s Theatre), The Man Called Monkhouse (National Tour), Starting Here, Starting Now (Jermyn Street Theatre).
She is also a recipient of both Stage One Bursary and Start Up Fund for producers and is a member of UK Theatre and the League of Independent Producers.
Over the past 25 years, Adam Spiegel has produced extensively in London’s West End as well as various tours throughout the UK and internationally. Most recently Adam has taken over as producer of the world’s longest running show The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), upholding its prestigious legacy within the West End.
West End credits include: Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Last Tango (Phoenix Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre); Fame (Aldwych Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre); Sister Act (London Palladium); Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria); High School Musical – Live on Stage! (Hammersmith Apollo); Midnight Tango (Aldwych Theatre, Phoenix Theatre); Dance ‘Til Dawn (Aldwych Theatre); Love Story (Duchess Theatre); Crazy for You (Novello Theatre); The Mysteries (Queen’s Theatre) and Birdy (Comedy Theatre).
UK touring credits include: Motown the Musical (2018); Fat Friends the Musical (2017); Tango Moderno (2017); Shirley Valentine (2017); The Mousetrap 60th anniversary tour (2012–2016); To Kill a Mockingbird (2014 and 2015); Love Me Tender (2015)The Producers (2015); Fame; Saturday Night Fever; The Last Tango (2015-2016); Dance ‘Til Dawn (2014 and 2015); Midnight Tango (2011, 2012 and 2013); Strictly Come Dancing Live; High School Musical – Live on Stage!; High School Musical 2; the Creole Choir of Cuba; The Mysteries; Lady Salsa and Five Guys Named Moe.
International touring credits include: Saturday Night Fever (Australasian and Scandinavian tours); Fame (Scandinavian and US tours) and the Creole Choir of Cuba (worldwide).
Other theatre credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (Barbican Theatre); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall, London); Lady Salsa (Pleasance Theatre) and Promises, Promises (Sheffield Theatres).
Adam produced the annual Laurence Olivier Awards for the Society of London Theatre for five years running from 2004 to 2008. Adam has also previously acted as an arts consultant for both The Sunday Times and Tate Britain. Adam now sits on the board of SOLT and the League of Independent Producers.www.adamspiegel.com
SIR STEPHEN WALEY-COHEN
Sir Stephen has been a theatre owner and manager since 1984 when he was Joint Chief Executive of Maybox Group which acquired and managed the Albery, Criterion, Donmar Warehouse, Piccadilly, Whitehall and Wyndham’s Theatre, as well as developing the first British owned multiplex cinemas. Maybox was sold in 1989, in which year he became Director of the Victoria Palace Theatre but sold it to Cameron Mackintosh in 2014. Sir Stephen became the Producer of The Mousetrap in 1994. Since then he has also taken on the management of the St Martin’s Theatre as well as the Vaudeville from 1995 – 2002 and the Savoy from 1997 – 2005. In April 2007 Sir Stephen purchased the Ambassadors Theatre, the sister theatre to the St.Martin’s and the original home of The Mousetrap for the first 21 years of its run. Before entering the theatre business Sir Stephen was a financial journalist and a founder director of Euromoney Publications. Sir Stephen was President of the Society of London Theatre from 2002 to 2005; and he was a Trustee of The Theatres Trust 1998 – 2004. In 2007 Sir Stephen became Chairman of RADA, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He founded Mousetrap Theatre Projects in 1996 which each year takes thousands of young people, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to the best of West End Theatre, and is the industry’s leading education charity.
SIR PETER SAUNDERS
Peter Saunders’ first job was as a very junior assistant cameraman. He graduated to cameraman and film director.
He then produced his own films and lost all his money.
He worked as a reporter on the Daily Express for four years; then as press agent to bandleader Harry Roy. He joined the army when war broke out, rising from private to captain.
He jumped in at the deep end and put on his first play in 1947. He then produced more than 150 shows all over the world including the world record breaking The Mousetrap. In 1981 he was knighted for his services to the theatre. In April 1994 he transferred the management of The Mousetrap to Mousetrap Productions run by Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen. Sir Peter’s hobbies included chess, photography, the music of George Gershwin, telephoning, and collecting wills. He was married to Katie Boyle.