PREMIERING in 1952, The Mousetrap has been running on London’s West End for 64 years, indeed the 60th Anniversary national tour has been on the road for nearly four years now.
On its final leg, the touring production of Agatha Christie’s record-breaking murder mystery returns to The King’s this week, opening tonight and running until Saturday.
Famous for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, The Mousetrap returns to the Old Lady of Leven Street by popular demand, following a sell-out week there in 2014.
As with all the best whodunnits, the scene is set when a group of strangers gather in a country house.
Cut off by the snow they discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst.
One by one their sordid pasts are unveiled until, at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are revealed.
In her inimitable style, Christie creates an atmosphere of shuddering suspense with an intricate plot that sees murder lurk around every corner.
The Mousetrap originally opened at Nottingham Theatre Royal in 1952, starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, before embarking on its current West End run.
The play became the world’s longest-running stage-show in 1958 and recently celebrated 26,000 performances.
The 60th Anniversary UK tour has now played more than 1,100 performances and been seen by in excess of one million people.
The current production stars Anna Andresen, as Mollie Ralston, Nick Barclay as Giles Ralston, Tony Boncza as Major Metcalf.
The company is completed by Lewis Collier, Gregory Cox, Amy Downham, Oliver Gully and Sarah Whitlock.
The Mousetrap, The King’s, Leven Street, until Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £18-£31.50, 0131-529 6000