Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ to have its Broadway premiere next year

The piece will be played in New York for the very first time in History. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the show held a special midday gala performance today featuring many notable guests.

Some things don’t ever change. Families still drive us mad, politics still think people believe their lies and The Mousetrap still is… Well, that’s the thing, it still is. Celebrating its 70th anniversary today through a very special midday gala featuring remarkable guests in the audience (from legendary actors, some of whom connected to the production at some point, to myself -sorry, I had to try-), the ever-running mystery play has, to anyone’s astonishment, never been performed in New York before, though. But that’s about to change, as today, amidst the excitement of its unprecedented almost 29000th performance, it’s been announced that the perfect crime (at least when it comes to its success) is finally going to be mirrored on the Great White Way.

“I am thrilled that Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery that changed popular theatre and has been a landmark attraction for US visitors to London’s West End for the past 70 years will now be coming to Broadway”, says multiple Tony Award-winning American producer Kevin McCollum, whose credits include Rent, Avenue Q, In The Heights and Motown The Musical, as well as the hugely successful Broadway productions of British smash hits The Play That Goes Wrong and Six. “I’m excited for the huge Christie fan-base in North America, and for the acting company in New York who will join the esteemed ranks of The Mousetrap alumni.”

To commemorate the almost unbreakable record of seven decades towering in the West End, the cartoon above has been launched, drawn by acclaimed writer and cartoonist for The Sunday Times and Private Eye, Nick Newman. Throughout this time, the play has witnessed quite a few special moments, ranging from from husband-and-wife Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim starring in the inaugural production in 1952, and Queen Elizabeth II attending to the 50th anniversary. “There can be no better way to mark today’s milestone in The Mousetrap’s illustrious run, than to look ahead to a production in New York”, says UK producer and now Broadway co-producer Adam Spiegel. “I feel after the longest out of town try-out in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to transfer to Broadway!”.

The Mousetrap continues to play at London’s St. Martin’s Theatre from to. Tickets are available on the following link. As for the Broadway show, tickets will go on sale in the new year, with full booking and all production details to be announced in due course – with newsletter sign-up available on this link.

By Guillermo Názara

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