The Mousetrap: Agatha Christie’s West End hit makes Broadway debut after 70 years | Theater

The world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, is finally about to make its Broadway debut. The announcement was made Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the London production of Agatha Christie’s Whodunnit.

The only remaining piece from the original 1952 set, a mantel clock, will be loaned from London for the New York run when it opens in 2023. The play will be co-produced by Adam Spiegel, British producer of The Mousetrap, and American producer Kevin McCollum, whose credits include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights and the Broadway forays of British am-dram spoof The Play That. Goes Wrong and the musical Six are.

The Mousetrap 70th anniversary cartoon by Nick Newman.
The Mousetrap 70th anniversary cartoon by Nick Newman. Photo: Nick Newman

McCollum said Christie’s murder mystery “changed popular theater” and had long been a landmark for American visitors to London. Theatergoers are encouraged to keep the killer’s identity a secret in the play, in which a group of strangers are snowed in at a remote boarding house.

About a third of the play’s West End audience is believed to be foreign tourists. He added, “I’m excited about the huge Christie fan base in North America and about the New York acting company joining the esteemed ranks of The Mousetrap alumni.” Casting has not yet been confirmed.

Christie, known as the “queen of crime”, had performed her work on Broadway a few times, including The Fatal Alibi, based on her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in 1932. Her courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution, now staged in County Hall in London, ran from 1954 to 1956 in New York.

But her most famous play, starring married actors Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim when it opened in 1952, never made it to New York. Spiegel said, “After the longest out-of-town tryout in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to cross over to Broadway.” He added that the London production is “more popular than ever, and has shown real resilience since Covid, with huge numbers of Americans coming to see it, and so it felt like it was time to lead the way and bring it to Broadway . ”.

The Mousetrap has also released a special cartoon commemorating 70 years since it opened in London, drawn by Private Eye’s Nick Newman. The show has been performed nearly 29,000 times in London, its continuous run interrupted only by Covid. A 70th anniversary tour kicked off at Nottingham Theater Royal in September.

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