Fredericton’s Spearhead Theatre and Red Panda Productions join forces to bring Agatha Christie’s iconic murder mystery to life on stage, outdoors.
Red Panda Productions will conclude its inaugural series of summer theatre this week with a production of Agatha Christie’s iconic murder mystery The Mousetrap. This co-production with Fredericton’s Spearhead Theatre will take place July 29-August 1 on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral.
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. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Dame Agatha Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.
A Brief History
The Mousetrap made its world premiere on October 6, 1952 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. After a brief tour, it opened in London’s West End at the Ambassadors Theatre on November 25. Directed by Peter Cotes, the play ran at the Ambassador until March 23, 1974, when it immediately transferred to the larger St Martin’s Theatre, next door, where it continues to this day. Having run consistently from 1952 to the present, The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play.
July 29 | 7:00 p.m.
July 30 | 7:00 p.m.
July 31 | 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
August 1 | 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Director: Tilly Jackson
Stage Manager: Kelsey Hines
Production Manager: Adam Jules
Costume Designer: Danielle Butler
Producers: Kelly McAllister & Michael Wagner
Cast: Jane Blakely, Katherine Hall, Michael Holmes-Lauder, Dillon Matchett, Abigail McCarthy, Jason McIntyre, Rylan Melles, and James Nowlan.
Full details and ticket info can be found by visiting redpandaproductions.ca
Cover photo: Spearhead Theatre (Facebook)