Mighty Mouse on tour

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap
Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap
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The theatrical phenomenon that is Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is set to spring its surprise on Preston audiences next week.

The world’s longest-running stage production brings its UK tour to the Charter Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday.

The cast includes Hester Arden (Macbeth, Orange Tree Theatre) as Miss Casewell, Edward Elgood as Christopher Wren, Mark Homer (Eastenders’ Tony Hill) as Giles Ralston, Esther McAuley as Mollie Ralston and Jonathan Sidgwick (Hollyoaks; Coronation Street) as Mr Paravicini.

William Ilkley joins from the West End production as Major Metcalf alongside Luke Jenkins and Anne Kavanagh who will reprise their roles from the record-breaking 2014 tour as Sgt Trotter and Mrs Boyle.

The production, which opened in 1952 starring the late Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, has been the world’s longest running stage production at its London home since 1958.

The 60th Anniversary – and first ever - UK tour was seen by more than 600,000 people across more than 600 performances, breaking box office records in many of its venues.

Mousetrap Productions has also licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap worldwide to mark the 60th year, and many of these have also broken their records, from Cape Town to Philadelphia, Singapore to Sydney.

The original continues its London run, after recently celebrating its 26,000 performance at the St Martin’s Theatre.

A group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, there is a murderer in their midst.

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

There are Wednesday and Saturday matinees.

Box office: 01772 80 44 44 or www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

David Upton