Initial casting has been announced for the 70th anniversary tour of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the world, which will visit more than 70 venues across the UK and Ireland from September.

The Mousetrap 70th anniversary tour

Source: Matt Crockett

Todd Carty and Gwyneth Strong will appear in the 70th anniversary tour.

Launching the tour will be Todd Carty in the role of Major Metcalf who is best known for his television roles of Mark Fowler in EastEnders, PC Gabriel Brent in The Bill and Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill, as well as appearing on Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Masterchef.

John Altman headshot

John Altman.

John Altman will perform the role of Mr Paravicini, previously appearing as ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton in EastEnders. He was killed off in February 2015 as part of the special 30th anniversary episode.

Television actress Gwyneth Strong will return to the role of Mrs Boyle for the first part of the tour and is well-known for her portrayal of Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses. 

The murder mystery from Agatha Christie will open at the Theatre Royal Nottingham on 27th September, where it held its original world premiere in 1952.

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The thriller will then visit over 70 venues across the country, including all cities to which it originally played, plus many more.

Following its 1952 premiere touring production, The Mousetrap opened in the West End where still to this day, it continues at St Martin’s Theatre having been performed there more than 28,500 times, selling over 10 million tickets.

What’s the show about?

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a remote countryside guest house.

When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim?

Dublin, Brighton, Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Leeds are among the cities on the run which continues throughout 2023 with further venues into 2024 to be announced in due course.

Group rates are venue specific, with a full tour schedule and more information available at