Record-breaking play in town
THE longest-running theatre production in the world will visit Swindon for a week next year as it continues a two-year tour to mark its 60th anniversary.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will be performed by a cast of television and stage actors at the Wyvern Theatre between Monday, February 3 and Saturday, February 8.
The cast for the third leg of the tour visited The Rat Trap, in Highworth Road, today to launch the show.
The current cast have been performing the production for the past five weeks at a variety of different locations.
Christopher Gilling, who has appeared in ITV’s Law and Order and the BBC’s Silk, will play Major Metcalf in the production.
He said: “This production has been directed in a very straight way. We are all playing it very straight and the audience seem to respond to that.
“Everyone has been very well cast. They are all very good actors in a production which is very strong and has a bit of everything.
“There is farce, some murder mystery and a lot of different elements that Christie wanted to have kept in.”
Christopher will be joined on stage by Karl Howman, Joanna Croll of Sirens and Doctors, Ellie Jacob of DCI Banks and Misfits, Anne Kavanagh, Henry Luxemburg of Hollyoaks and Hotel Babylon, and Jonathan Woolf.
The group will be on the 15th week of their tour by the time they reach the Wyvern stage in February, with another six months to go after that.
The play was performed for the 250,000th time last November.
Ellie said: “It really is a lovely thing to be involved with and a nice thing to look back on in 10 years’ time.
“The tour will be a challenge with six shows each week, but sometimes I tell myself I only live once and it’s worth the travelling.
“I have just been travelling for a year and I am terrible with geography – I never know where we are.”
This leg of the tour has been selling out venues which hold more than 1,500 people, and with such a long history behind it there are sure to be millions of people across the world familiar with the plot.
However, Henry, who plays Giles Ralston in the play, believes the history of a show should not detract from its entertainment value or future success.
“Everyone knows how Shakespeare’s plays end, but everyone remains interested,” he said.
Tickets can be booked at wyverntheatres.org.uk or by calling the ticket office on 01793 524 481.
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