Legend lives on: Mousetrap is back on Eastbourne stage

Mousetrap 60th year anniversary tour
Mousetrap 60th year anniversary tour

Eastbourne Theatres are delighted to announce the return next week of the phenomenally successful Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, back by popular demand, but this time to the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Set in the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor, in what Christie described as “the present” a group of people gather, cut off by the snow and discover to their horror that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are revealed.

When The Mousetrap opened on November 25 1952 with Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and beloved wife Sheila Sim in the leading roles, it was only seven years since Hitler died. Much essential food was still rationed, Mr Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, Harry Truman was President of the United States, and Stalin was ruler of Russia. There was fighting in Korea, and Princess Elizabeth began her long reign as Queen. The last tram ran in London, television programmes ended at 10.30 p.m., and the entire TV listings only occupied three and a half lines. In April 2015, the West End production celebrated 26,000 performances.

Anne Kavanagh returns to Eastbourne as Mrs Boyle, this time joined by Hester Arden (Macbeth, Orange Tree Theatre) as Miss Casewell, Edward Elgood as Christopher Wren, Mark Homer (Eastenders’ Tony Hill) as Giles Ralston, Esther McAuley (I Promise You Sex and Violence, Northern Stage) as Mollie Ralston and Jonathan Sidgwick (Hollyoaks; Coronation Street) as Mr Paravicini. William Ilkley joins from the West End production of The Mousetrap as Major Metcalf alongside Luke Jenkins as Sgt Trotter (The Mousetrap, 2014 tour).

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Monday 8 until Saturday 13 June, 7.45pm, and Wednesday plus Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £19 with concessions available. To book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.