Karl’s fond memories of dad’s bandstand concerts

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Respected stage and television actor Karl Howman is leading a brand new cast for The Mousetrap’s Diamond Anniversary tour which drops in at The Congress Theatre from Monday, September 9 to Saturday, September 14.

Karl, who has just returned from a relaxing family holiday in Portugal, is looking forward to joining the new team for this Agatha Christie classic - now in its 61st year in the West End.

“I have great memories of Eastbourne, having played at the Devonshire Park Theatre on many occasions.

“And I always remember as a child going to Eastbourne as my dad played with the Royal Artillery Band at the bandstand.

“That was more than 50 years ago and it’s always great come back and revive some of those wonderful memories,” he told the Herald.

Karl, who will be playing the eccentric Mr Paravicini (pictured) , is probably best known for his portrayal of Jacko in the TV series brushstrokes.

He has ‘trod the boards’ for 45 years and there is an endless list of credits to his name. But that doesn’t stop him being excited by the next challenge.

“It’s great to be chosen for this special tour and I’m sure it’s going to be really good fun. It is such a compelling story and I am really looking forward to it,” he added.

The world-famous Mousetrap started life as a radio play written in 1952 as an 80th birthday presented to Queen Mary.

The tour schedule is 60 venues in 60 weeks and is considered a once-in-a-lifetime to chance to see this masterpiece locally.

The storyline sees guests trapped at a country house by a blizzard and discovering there is a murderer among them. One by one characters come under suspicion in a brilliantly intricate plot until the climax of the shouldering suspense when identity and motive are finally revealed.

The Mousetrap is the longest continuous run of any show in the world - completing 25,000 performances in November of last year. Some 419 actors and 243 understudies have appeared since Richard Attenborough and his fellow film star and beloved wife Sheila Sim took the lead roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It playted there for 21 years and moved to adjacent St Martin’s Theatre without missing a performance.