Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap to tour Australia in 2024

by | Nov 22, 2023

After a sold-out capital city tour in 2022-23 to celebrate its 70th birthday, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will embark on a further tour across Australia in 2024. Produced by John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia and Shake & Stir Theatre Co, the acclaimed murder mystery will tour throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory – kicking off at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre. Tickets are on sale or waitlists are live from today at themousetrap.com.au

The Mousetrap will be directed by Australian theatre icon Robyn Nevin with costume design and associate set design by Isabel Hudson and lighting design by Trudy Dalgleish.

Following the hugely successful 70th anniversary tour, I’m thrilled to partner with Shake & Stir Theatre Co to tour The Mousetrap to regional Australia for the first time,” said John Frost. “I know audiences love to try and solve the mystery in what is probably the world’s most loved murder whodunnit. Will you pick the murderer?

“We are chuffed to be collaborating with Crossroads Live to take ‘the world’s longest running show’ to some of our country’s most beautiful regions and venues,” says Nick Skubij, Shake & Stir Theatre Co’s Artistic Director. “This play has been a sensation for seven decades, and now audiences in regional areas will be able to experience the very same, adored production – that has continually broken records – in their own back yard. It will be a monumental tour.”

The Mousetrap had its world premiere on 6 October 1952 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. After a brief tour, it opened in London’s West End on 25 November 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre, where it ran until 23 March 1974. It immediately transferred to the larger St Martin’s Theatre next door, where it continues to this day.

The longest-running West End show, it has by far the longest run of any play anywhere in the world, with over 28,500 performances so far. The play has a twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.

Agatha Christie originally wrote the story as a short radio play entitled Three Blind Mice, which was  broadcast in 1947 as a birthday present for Queen Mary. She eventually adapted the work into a short story before again rewriting it for the stage as The Mousetrap. Ironically, Christie did not expect the play to run for more than a few months and stipulated that no film of The Mousetrap be made until at least six months after the West End Production closed. 70 years on, as the show continues its historic London run, a film adaptation looks unlikely at this stage.

THE MOUSETRAP 2024 TOUR

Newcastle – Newcastle Civic Theatre                        11 – 25 May 2024

Gold Coast – HOTA, Home of the Arts                       29 May – 2 June 2024

Hobart – Theatre Royal                                                   11 – 22 June 2024

Orange – Civic Theatre                                                   27 – 30 June 2024

Geelong – Geelong Arts Centre                                   4 – 7 July 2024

Darwin – Darwin Entertainment Centre                  11 – 13 July 2024

Port Macquarie – Glasshouse                                     17 – 19 July 2024

Toowoomba – Empire Theatre                                    23 – 24 July 2024

Frankston – Frankston Arts Centre                            31 July – 3 August 2024

Albury – Albury Entertainment Centre                     8 – 11 August 2024

Frenchs Forest – Glen St Theatre                                15 – 25 August 2024

Mackay – Entertainment Convention Centre         29 August – 1 September 2024

Wollongong – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre   5 – 15 September 2024

themousetrap.com.au

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