A macabre murder-mystery which has gripped generations of theatre-goers in London’s West End is on its way to Norwich.
The Mousetrap, written by the legendary Dame Agatha Christie, has been thrilling audiences in the capital’s theatre-land for almost 70 years.
And now Theatre Royal audiences are set to enjoy it too from July 8-13 giving them the chance to follow the play’s twists and turns.
Taking on the role of Mrs Boyle is Gwyneth Strong, who is best known for portraying the role of Cassandra in Only Fools And Horses. The part of Rodney’s other half gained her mainstream recognition and is one of a string of other TV roles including Geraldine Clough in EastEnders, plus the likes of Silent Witness, Casualty, Doctors and Murder In Suburbia.
She also has a host of stage credits including the UK tour of Our House, A Round-Heeled Woman in the West End, Ancient Lights for Hampstead Theatre, and Care for the Royal Court.
Gwyneth will be joined in the production by a host of respected actors including David Alcock who has appeared in a host of touring productions and has also won theatrical awards in his native South Africa, John Griffiths who has a strong performing pedigree with credits including The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and multiple productions for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen who boasts previous roles in shows including Billy Elliott in the West End and the UK tour of Oklahoma.
Although she may be best known for her role with TV sitcom favourites the Trotters, Gwyneth admits being part of The Mousetrap cast is a dream come true. She explained: “I have always wanted to perform in an Agatha Christie play and a period piece of theatre so this is the perfect fit. One of the things I really notice and admire from her body of work is that she is very good at writing interesting women. When you consider the time in which she was writing, that is quite fascinating.”
The Mousetrap itself is certainly a theatrical phenomenon. It was first seen in Nottingham in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim.
It went on to become the world’s longest-running stage production following its West End transfer to The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952 and then St Martins in 1973 where it has been performed ever since.
The Mousetrap has now been performed over 27,500 times in London where it continues to prove popular with audiences and continues to run alongside the UK tour.
John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “If you fancy being an armchair detective and witness a piece of theatrical history, The Mousetrap is for you. This production has thrilled and delighted audiences for many years and this will be a great chance to join in the twists and turns of this story. Just don’t reveal the identity of the murderer.”
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