60 Years of the Mousetrap
On 25th November 2012 The Mousetrap celebrated its 60th Birthday, a Diamond Jubilee.
The Mousetrap has celebrated its 60 years in style with a star-studded Gala to raise funds for Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the first ever UK tour, the licensing of 60 productions around the world, a cast reunion lunch, an unveiling of Agatha Christie’s statue in Covent Garden, and much, much more.
On November 18th 2012, for one night only and on our 25000th performance, The Mousetrap performed with a star studded cast raising funds for Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
The cast brought together for the one off staged reading, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, included Hugh Bonneville (Giles Ralston), Nicholas Farrell (Major Metcalf), Iain Glen (Sgt Trotter) Tamsin Greig (Mollie Ralston), Miranda Hart (Miss Casewell), Harry Lloyd (Christopher Wren), Sir Patrick Stewart (Mr Paravicini) and Julie Walters (Mrs Boyle).
Before the Gala began, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Mathew Prichard, and Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen (Producer of The Mousetrap and Founder/Chairman of Mousetrap Theatre Projects) unveiled a permanent Memorial to Dame Agatha Christie at St Martin’s Cross in the form of a giant book also containing her portrait, the star cast joined unveiling to celebrate wearing dark over coats, light scarves and soft felt hats.
To continue the 60th celebrations The Mousetrap began its first ever UK tour opening in September 2012, which continues today.
Mousetrap Productions has also licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap world- wide. During this period the world’s longest running show will be seen in every continent, with professional productions scheduled for Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada.
In October 2012, The Shanghai Modern Theater's cast and troupe presented The Mousetrap in Mandarin at St. Martin's Theater for a one off Sunday performance, and we were also delighted to welcome the German & Hungarian companies to perform in their native langauge on stage at the St Martin's.
Following the very successful event held in 2001 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, a Cast Reunion Lunch was held at the Savoy Hotel on 11th November 2011. This was attended by over 200 past Cast members, including Jessica Spencer who appeared in the original 1952 cast.
For its 60th year The Mousetrap at the St. Martin’s Theatre has introduced a small charitable levy, currently £1.00, on each ticket, in addition to the regular ticket price, which will be applied entirely for the benefit of charities working with young people and the arts.