Michael Coppel, Louise Withers, Linda Bewick in association with Adrian Barnes announced today that by arrangement with Mousetrap Productions Ltd London, Agatha Christie’s iconic play, The Mousetrap will tour Australia for the very first time in 2012 with seasons in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne confirmed and additional dates to follow.
This all-Australian production is one of 60 professional productions that have been licensed worldwide in celebration of The Mousetrap’s (60th) Diamond Anniversary, which will include productions in every continent with productions scheduled for countries from Russia and China to Turkey, Holland and Venezuela.
Christie’s classic ‘whodunit” opened on London’s West End in November 1952 and has since played over 24,000 performances. The Mousetrap is the longest running show of any kind in the world and continues to delight audiences to this day at London’s St. Martin’s Theatre.
Originally written by Agatha Christie as a radio play titled Three Blind Mice and broadcast in 1947, Christie then adapted the radio play for a short story of the same name before again rewriting for the stage as The Mousetrap.
The Mousetrap has never been adapted for film. Christie did not expect the play to run for more than a few months and stipulated that no film of The Mousetrap be made until six months after the West End Production closed. As the show celebrates its 60th anniversary and continues its historic London run a film adaptation looks unlikely.
Producer Louise Withers said, "On behalf of my producing partners it's a privilege to be presenting the first ever professional tour of The Mousetrap in Australia as the show celebrates its Diamond Anniversary. The Mousetrap is a theatrical phenomenon and we're thrilled to be mounting this all-Australian production as part of the global celebrations as the show plays into its 60th year on London's West End."
The Australian Diamond Anniversary Australian Tour of The Mousetrap will open at The Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay on June 30 and will go on to play at Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre from August 14 and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from August 30.
At Monkswell Manor, the news on the radio reports that a murder that has recently taken place in London. Mollie and Giles Ralston, the young owners of the once-regal estate recently converted into a guesthouse, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arrival of their first guests and concerned that the heavy snowfalls may prevent the guests reaching their destination. As the guests arrive safely and the Manor becomes snowed in, a policeman arrives on skis suspecting that one of the seven occupants may be the killer. After a second murder occurs in the Manor, Sergeant Trotter is convinced. Suspects include the young married couple, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired army major, and an unexpected visitor who claims his car has run into a snowdrift. During his interrogation, Sergeant Trotter uncovers the many mysterious secrets of everyone present, as he tries to solve the murder in true Christie style.
The Mousetrap has thrilled audiences that span many generations and continues to delight a new generation of theatregoers nightly with all the classic elements that have made Agatha Christie’s works as appealing today as when they were first written. The Mousetrap is sure to be a highlight on the national arts calendar for 2012 and celebrate the play’s Diamond (60th) Anniversary with a superb all-Australian production.
Casting and ticketing details will be announced at a later date.