The world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, is to lastly make its Broadway debut. The announcement was made on Friday to mark the seventieth anniversary of the London manufacturing of Agatha Christie’s whodunnit.
The one surviving piece of the unique set from 1952, a mantelpiece clock, shall be loaned from London for the run in New York when it opens in 2023. The play shall be co-produced by The Mousetrap’s UK producer, Adam Spiegel, and US producer Kevin McCollum, whose credit embrace Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Within the Heights and the Broadway outings of the British am-dram spoof The Play That Goes Mistaken and the musical Six.
McCollum mentioned that Christie’s homicide thriller “modified standard theatre” and had lengthy been a landmark attraction for US guests to London. Theatregoers are inspired to maintain secret the identification of the assassin within the play, through which a bunch of strangers are snowed in at a distant guesthouse.
Roughly a 3rd of the play’s West Finish audiences are believed to be overseas vacationers. He added: “I’m excited for the large Christie fanbase in North America, and for the appearing firm in New York who will be a part of the esteemed ranks of The Mousetrap alumni.” Casting has not but been confirmed.
Christie, referred to as the “queen of crime”, had her work staged on Broadway a handful of occasions together with The Deadly Alibi, primarily based on her novel The Homicide of Roger Ackroyd, in 1932. Her courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution, now staged at County Hall in London, ran from 1954 to 1956 in New York.
However her most well-known play, which starred the married actors Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim when it opened in 1952, by no means made it to New York. Spiegel mentioned: “After the longest out of city try-out in historical past, The Mousetrap is lastly able to switch to Broadway.”
The Mousetrap has additionally launched a particular cartoon, commemorating 70 years because it opened in London, drawn by Personal Eye’s Nick Newman. The present has been carried out nearly 29,000 occasions in London, its steady run interrupted solely by Covid. A seventieth anniversary tour opened at Nottingham Theatre Royal in September.