The world’s most famous and long-running play, The Mousetrap, first ensnared audiences in Yorkshire before it began its unprecedented run in London’s West End.
And now, audiences can welcome it back to Leeds Grand at the end of this month, as the production continues on its 60th anniversary tour of the UK.
The Mousetrap, starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, was performed in Leeds in 1952 – a vintage visitors’ book belonging to Leeds Grand, that dates back to 1945, proudly records the arrival of the famous actors.
Theatre general manager Ian Sime explained: “We encourage all cast members of visiting companies to sign it and right there in 1952 is Richard Attenborough, no ‘sir’ then, and Sheila Sim. It’s wonderful to be able to welcome the production back 62 years on.”
The Mousetrap opens in Leeds on Tuesday, August 26, with Helen Clapp and Michael Fenner in the lead roles and heading a new cast. It is one of 60 licensed productions of the play, launched in 2012 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first performance. By the end of December, when the celebrations come to an end, it will have been seen in every continent and in many languages.
Agatha Christie’s masterpiece inspired the foundation of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a leading educational charity.
But the play supports many other charities through the author’s grandson Mathew Prichard, who was given the royalties from the play for his ninth birthday. In recent years he has donated them to charity.
Agatha Christie’s books have sold more copies than any other author, except for Shakespeare. She died in 1976, having seen The Mousetrap performed continuously for 24 years. She is the only woman to have had three plays running at the same time in the West End.
For ticket details of the Leeds Grand show, go to www.leedsgrandtheatre.com or call 0844 848 2700.