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The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal Sydney
The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal Sydney
Theatre

The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal Sydney

Sydney, NSW
The world’s longest-running play. Don't just see it. Solve it.
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About The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal Sydney

This thrilling West End production is THE genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed!

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst! One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself?

For almost 70 years, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats.

Agatha Christie’s script allows for incredible flexibility of interpretation and embodiment of each role. Every new cast member brings new depth to the production, and every night’s audience brings its own energy. As a result, each of the 28,000+ performances has been unique!

The Mousetrap will be directed by Australian theatre icon Robyn Nevin and starring Anna O’Byrne as Mollie Ralston, Alex Rathgeber as Giles Ralston, Laurence Boxhall as Christopher Wren, Geraldine Turner as Mrs Boyle, Adam Murphy as Major Metcalf, Charlotte Friels as Miss Casewell, Gerry Connolly as Mr Paravicini, and Tom Conroy as Detective Sergeant Trotter, plus Jack Bannister, Elisa Colla and Chris Parker.

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"The cleverest murder myster of the theatre. I think the Mousetrap could run forever" - Daily Telegraph

"The Mousetrap is to West End theatre what ravens are to the tower of London. Its dissapearence could impoverish us" - Financial Times

"Even more thrilling than the plot is the atmosphere of shuddering suspense. No once brews it better than Agatha Christie" - Daily Express

Writer: Agatha Christie

Director: Robyn Nevin

Associate Director: Chris Parker

Produced by: John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia.

Cast: Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady, Love Never Dies), Helpmann Award winner Alex Rathgeber (Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera), Laurence Boxhall (As You Like It, Jumpy), Geraldine Turner (Present Laughter, Don’s Party), Adam Murphy (Shakespeare in Love, Aladdin, legendary Gerry Connolly (Cyrano de Bergeerac, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Belvoir favourite Tom Conroy (Jasper Jones, My Brilliant Career) and in her professional stage debut, Charlotte Friels. Jack Bannister (Romeo and Juliet, Lysa and The Freeborn Dames), Elisa Colla (My Fair Lady, Wicked) and Chris Parker (Daylight Savings, The Club) complete the cast as standbys.

What to Watch For:

  • Did you know The Mousetrap is the world’s longest run of any play in the world? It ran continuously on the West End from 1952 up until March 2020, only stopping for the global shutdown, and still resumes today.

  • St Martin’s Theatre in London, next door to the Ambassador Theatre, has been home to Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap since March 1974, upon arrival guests know which performance they are attending via a wooden sign upon entry. So far, more than 28,500 performances have been stage.

  • The Mousetrap was originally written as a gift in 1947 for Queen Mary’s 80th birthday in the form of a radio play entitled ‘Three Blind Mice’ - Agatha Christie then adapted the story for the stage and gifted the rights to her grandson Mathew Pritchard, on his ninth birthday!

  • Ironically, Christie didn’t anticipate the play to become the world’s longest running and asked that the story not be published for as long as the play continues on the West End. 70 years on, this means we still don’t have a film adaptation and one can’t be produced until the West End production has been closed for at least six months.

  • As a classic “Who Dunnit”, offering a mixture of 1950s drawing-room comedy and murder mystery, watch out for the twist ending - but be sure not to spoil it for anyone else once you leave the theatre!

Run time

2hrs 20mins (incl. interval)

Start date

October 8th, 2022

End date

October 30th, 2022

Genre

Theatre, Plays

Venue

Theatre Royal Sydney

Age

Recommended Age: 7yrs+

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