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Casting announced for The Mousetrap

Posted on 9 November 2018

Having delighted theatre-goers for an incredible 67 years, Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunit The Mousetrap comes to the Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2019 in a production by Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen.

Following a record-breaking 60th anniversary tour in 2012, the unstoppable West End hit is back by popular demand, travelling the length and breadth of the country to enable audiences across the UK to discover Christie’s macabre murder mystery live on stage.

Casting for the show has now been revealed, with Gwyneth Strong starring as Mrs Boyle. Best known for her roles as Cassandra in the classic BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and as Geraldine Clough in EastEnders, Strong has also appeared in The Great Train Robbery, Silent Witness, Casualty, Doctors and Murder in Suburbia. Theatre credits include the UK tour of Our House, Stand (Oxford Playhouse/Battersea Arts) Monkey Bars (Unicorn Theatre), A Round-Heeled Woman (Aldwych), When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Ancient Lights (Hampstead Theatre) and Care (Royal Court).

Additional casting for the show includes David Alcock (Mr Paravacini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Caswell).

The production is directed by Gareth Armstrong, former Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre, founding director of the Made in Wales Stage Company, and former Associate Artist Director at Salisbury Playhouse. Recent credits include Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches, as seen in the West End and on tour. He has also written and performed his own solo play, Shylock, which premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse and toured internationally for ten years.

First seen in Nottingham in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, The Mousetrap went on to become the world’s longest running stage production following its West End transfer to The Ambassadors in 1952 and St Martins in 1973 where it has played ever since, continuing a record-breaking run with over 27,500 performances in London so far.

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow 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 finally revealed.

Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner when The Mousetrap comes to the Belgrade Theatre 9-13 April 2019. Tickets are available to book now.