Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap comes to Bromley on 60th anniversary tour

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 September 2013

Karl Howman stars as Mr Paravicini as The Mousetrap comes to Bromley's Churchill Theatre to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Karl Howman stars as Mr Paravicini as The Mousetrap comes to Bromley's Churchill Theatre to celebrate its 60th anniversary.


It is the world’s longest running stage production, and now the show that’s been on London’s west end for more than 60 years is coming to Bromley.

The Mousetrap, written by Agatha Christie, will run at The Churchill Theatre, in Bromley High Street, for five days at the end of this month as part of a national tour.

Last year marked the productions 60th anniversary and Mousetrap Productions licensed 60 productions worldwide to celebrate, including shows in Australia, China, South Africa, Russia and Venezuela.

The classic whodunnit opens with a group of people gathering in a country house cut off by snow. They soon discover a murderer in their midst, and as their sordid pasts are revealed one by one, a killer and their motive is revealed at the very last minute.

In its third leg, the tour stars Karl Howman as Mr Paravicini, Joanna Croll as Mollie Ralston, and Ellie Jacob as Miss Casewell.

Tour director, Ian Watt-Smith, returns to The Churchill with the tour, having previously been the theatre’s director in the early 1980s.

He puts the shows longevity down to its real-life foundations, and its cloud of mystery.

“It’s got all the key ingredients for a thriller and a whodunnit because it’s based on a very interesting story”, explains Ian.

“Agatha Christie based it on a real case of child abuse in the 1950s, that’s as relevant now as it was then - maybe more so. I think that plays a large part in it’s popularity.

“Also, once something has been going for that length of time it has it’s own momentum. It’s a bit like the changing of the guard.”

The Mousetrap runs from Monday, September 23 to Saturday, September 28. Tickets are priced from £11.90, visit

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