Date(s) - 21 May 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Canberra Theatre Centre
Open and GoTheatrical! App captioned performance: Sunday, 21 May 2023 at 1pm
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is touring Australia to celebrate its 70th Anniversary, produced by John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia and directed by Australian theatre icon Robyn Nevin.
After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects: the newlyweds running the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate.
The longest-running West End show, The Mousetrap has by far the longest run of any play anywhere in the world, with over 28,500 performances so far. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from the foremost mystery writer of all time, which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.
Agatha Christie originally wrote the story as a short radio play entitled Three Blind Mice, which was broadcast in 1947 as a birthday present for Queen Mary. She eventually adapted the work into a short story before again rewriting it for the stage as The Mousetrap.
“The cleverest murder mystery of the British Theatre. I think The Mousetrap could run forever” – Daily Telegraph UK
“It’s classic Christie, a play for the ages and a study in theatrical perfection” – Escape.com.au
“The pace is cracking, the timing excellent, the characterisations warm and full.” – The Guardian
“The Mousetrap delivers everything adored by legions of Christie fans. Mystery, gentle thrills, characteristic humour and old-world elegance.” – Suzy Goes See
For 70 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats. It is the genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time … case closed!
Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself?