First ever tour of record-breaking musical
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THE first ever tour of a record-breaking production will stop off in Bristol in April.
For more than 50 years Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production.
The first ever tour of the production will visit The Bristol Hippodrome from April 29 to May 4.
Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of the classic murder mystery play worldwide to mark the story’s 60th year. During this period the world’s longest-running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions scheduled for Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.
The cast for the Bristol production includes Steven France (Eastenders, The Bill) as Christopher Wren, Karl Howman (Brush Strokes) as Mr Paravicini, Bruno Langley (Coronation Street, Doctor Who) as Giles Ralston, Graham Seed (Yes, Prime Minister UK Tour, BBC Radio 4’s The Archers) as Major Metcalf and Jemma Walker (Family Affairs, Eastenders) as Mollie Ralston. Elizabeth Power (EastEnders) as Mrs Boyle and Clare Wilkie (Eastenders) will play Miss Casewell.
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Bob Saul will reprise his West End role as Sgt Trotter.
There have been productions of The Mousetrap in 50 languages, and there is rarely a night without a performance somewhere in the world, but there have never before been so many productions deliberately licensed in the same period.
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Mousetrap Theatre Projects is London’s leading theatre education charity.
It takes 12,000 disadvantaged young people to the best of London theatre each year, who would not otherwise have that opportunity.
It is supported by virtually every theatre and producer in London, and by the Society of London Theatre, as well as numerous generous donors.
Sir Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and wife, Sheila Sim, took the leading roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952.
It played there for 21 years and moved to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre without missing a performance.
The Mousetrap holds numerous Guinness World Records including the longest continuous run of any show in the world.
Tickets, priced £14.50-32.50, are available via www.mousetrapontour.com