Direct from London’s West End comes a stunning production of the world’s most famous whodunit play, The Mousetrap. The British Theatre Playhouse is bringing this quintessentially British murder mystery by bestselling author Agatha Christie to Southeast Asia for the first time in celebration of the play’s 60th anniversary of production.
The Play Phenomenon
Written by one of the world’s most celebrated crime thriller writers, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept audiences guessing for six decades. Famous for its twist ending, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre, the production of The Mousetrap is still running around the world. If you have not seen it yet, this is a great opportunity to catch the world’s “longest-running play” as recorded in the book of Guinness World Records.
The classic murder mystery that became a legend began as a 30-minute piece for a BBC radio programme. In 1947, when the BBC asked the late Queen Mary how she would like to celebrate her 80th birthday, she requested a new play by Agatha Christie. Christie promptly wrote a thirty-minute radio production called Three Blind Mice, which eventually became The Mousetrap.
The play opened in the London’s West End in 1952 and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any play in history; its 25,000th performance took place on 18 November 2012. During the play’s 60-year run, almost 400 actors have acted in the play.
The play is set in the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor, a guesthouse run by a young couple, Mollie and Giles Ralston. The four guests, Christopher Wren, Mrs Boyle, Major Metcalf and Miss Casewell, and the owners get stranded in the guesthouse because of a heavy snowstorm.
The guests read in the paper about the murder of a woman, Mrs Maureen Lyon, in London, and are then alarmed by a call from the police. Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives on skis informing the group that he believes a murderer is at large and on his way to the guesthouse. Then, when Mrs Boyle is killed, they realise that the murderer is already there and it could be anyone.
The investigation continues as each character is scrutinised and suspected. Finally, Sergeant Trotter believes he knows which of them is the killer and calls everyone together to set a trap, which will reveal the identity of the murderer.
The Mousetrap in Singapore
With a cast direct from the UK, including actors from the West End productions, this is an opportunity for Singapore and Southeast Asian audiences to join in the worldwide diamond anniversary celebrations of the 60th year of continuous performances.
The Mousetrap will have twelve performances in Singapore at Raffles Hotel’s Jubilee Hall from 4 to 13 October. British Theatre Playhouse’s producers Cecilia Leong-Faulkner and John Faulkner are delighted to announce that the opening night audience will include Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, producer of the West End production.
A charity gala performance and dinner will be held on 10 October at Raffles Hotel. In recent years, some $85,000 has been raised each year for charity at these fund-raising galas. This year, the British Theatre Playhouse’s Art for Charity Gala Performance and Dinner is in aid of the HCA Hospice Care Association.
Tim Wallers as “Giles Ralston”
Tim is one of the UK’s most established actors and has appeared in West End productions of Yes Minister; The Cabinet Minister; Mama Mia, as well as Kean, directed by Sam Mendes.
Isla Carter as “Mollie Ralston”
Isla is a graduate of the famous London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and her work includes an extraordinary range of musical and acting skills in productions from Cole Porter’s High Society to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
Tony Boncza as “Mr. Paravicini”
Tony appeared in the films Chariots of Fire and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun and in the West End production of The Mousetrap.
When: 4 to 13 October 2013
Time: 5pm and 8pm
Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Tickets: $90 to $120 from Sistic