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The Mousetrap to visit Chelmsford for its 70th anniversary


The world’s longest running play is coming to Chelmsford in 2023 as part of its 70th anniversary. The Mousetrap, the iconic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, is embarking on a major new tour of the UK and Ireland starting this September. The play will visit more than 70 venues, including all the cities it toured 70 years ago and a host of others.

Special offer to mark launch

To launch this special tour, all tickets for its Chelmsford run will be available for £25 until 10 March, a saving of £7 on top price seats. The whodunnit comes to the Civic between 3 and 8 July 2023 and the theatre’s interim director Lee Henderson says it’s a great opportunity for the city’s residents to see this classic production.

“The Mousetrap is a unique part of theatre history, but its incredible success over seven decades isn’t down to a sense of nostalgia – the reason it has been playing to audiences for so long is that it is a consistently high-quality and timeless production. This is a fantastic chance to get the very best seats in the house to see a world-famous West End play for a fraction of London theatre prices.”

Lee Henderson, Interim Theatre Director, Chelmsford City Theatres

Christie plot has audiences hooked

Agatha Christie’s two act play is set in a country guesthouse, where seven strangers find themselves snowed in together as news spreads of a murder in London. When a young detective arrives, the guests discover that a killer is in their midst. Audiences are asked not to reveal the play’s secrets so that the mystery can be enjoyed by future theatre goers.

The Mousetrap premiered in 1952

The Mousetrap had its world premiere back in October 1952, in the same year that Elizabeth II came to the throne. It first played to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal with Richard Attenborough in the cast, before reaching the Ambassadors Theatre in London, where it stayed until 1974 before transferring to the larger St Martin’s Theatre next door. The show has broken every record in the history of theatre, becoming a true London institution.

Adam Spiegel, the producer of The Mousetrap says the new UK tour is a wonderful opportunity to mark this milestone:

“What better way to celebrate 70 glorious years of The Mousetrap by taking Agatha Christie’s world-famous whodunnit to over 70 towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland. A true British classic, this beloved tale of intrigue and suspense is as enthralling today as it was when it first opened in 1952 and I am thrilled that audiences, of all ages, and from all corners of the country, will have the chance to see it in their local theatres.”

Adam Spiegel, producer of The Mousetrap

Details of special offer on theatre website

Sign up to Chelmsford Theatres’ mailing list and social media channels to hear the latest on The Mousetrap’s 70th anniversary tour, including details about the cast.

Chelmsford Theatres’ special ticket offer runs until 10th March: go to the website to book online, or call the box office on 01245 606505 for tickets.

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Julie Weight
Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at julie.weight@chelmsford.gov.uk or on 01245 606984.