Record-breaking tour of The Mousetrap is heading for Chesterfield

Louise Jameson in The Mousetrap
Louise Jameson in The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap is coming to Chesterfield as part of its record-breaking debut tour of the UK.

The tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the world’s longest running stage production which has clocked up 26,000 performances at its home in London.

Nearly one million people have seen the touring show which has broken box office records in many venues.

The whodunnit tells the story of what happens when a group of people, gathered in a snowbound country house, discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

In her own inimitable style, Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and an intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Louise Jameson, whose TV credits include Doctor Who, EastEnders and Doc Martin, is among the cast and plays persistent moaner Mrs Boyle.

Louise said: “I thought about doing something special for my 65th birthday in 2016. Just how did I get to be 65? The same way The Mousetrap has run for nearly that length of time I suppose, just second by second time has ticked away. We’ve both lasted this long, and so we’ll be celebrating together. That’s quite special.”

She treads the boards alongside Anna Anderson (Mollie Ralston), Nick Barclay (Giles Ralston), Tony Boncza (Major Metcalf), Lewis Collier (Sgt Trotter), Gregory Cox (Mr Paravicini), Amy Downham (Miss Casewell) and Oliver Gully (Christopher Wren) .

Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre will host The Mousetrap from March 7 to 12.

This week the production is at Nottingham Theatre Royal, where the thriller first opened back in the early Fifties.

Mousetrap Productions have licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap worldwide to mark the special anniversary. During this period, the show will have been seen in every continent with box office records being broken from Cape Town to Philadelphia, Singapore to Sydney.