The longest running play in the world, The Mousetrap, is finally being made Broadway debut. The announcement was made on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the production of Agatha Christie’s play in London.
The only surviving piece from the original collection from 1952, a mantel clock, will be loaned from London for a run in New York when it opens in 2023. The play will be co-produced by UK producer The Mousetrap, Adam Spiegel, and US producer Kevin McCollum, whose credits include Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights and Broadway outings in a parody of the British am-dram The play that goes wrong and music six.
McCollum said the Christie murder mystery “changed the popular stage” and has long been an attraction for American visitors to London. Theater-goers are encouraged to keep the killer’s identity a secret in the play, as a group of strangers is snowed in at a remote guesthouse.
Almost a third of West End viewers are believed to be foreign tourists. He added, “I’m excited for Christie’s huge base in North America, and for the New York-based acting company that will be joining the ranks of Mousetrap alumni.” Transmission is not confirmed.
Known as the “Queen of Crime,” Christie has staged her own Broadway productions several times including The Fatal Alibi, based on her novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in 1932. The courtroom drama Witness to the Prosecution, now shown at County Hall in Londonfrom 1954 to 1956 in New York.
But her most famous play, which starred married actors Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim when it opened in 1952, never made it to New York. Spiegel said: “After the longest out-of-town experience in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to move into Broadway. He added that the London production “has become more popular than ever, and it has shown real resilience since Covid, with massive numbers of Americans arriving to see it, and so I felt it was time to stand up and take it to Broadway.”
The Mousetrap also released a cartoon special, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its London opening, drawn by Nick Newman of Private Eye. The show has been played nearly 29,000 times in London, and its continuous run has only stopped By Covid. The 70th anniversary tour opened at the Nottingham Theater Royal in September.
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