The Mousetrap returns to The Grand Theatre, Leeds

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, British theatre's longest- running show, has a Yorkshire history. The production first came to Leeds in 1952 starring a very young Richard Attenborough.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, British theatre’s longest- running show, has a Yorkshire history. The production first came to Leeds in 1952 starring a very young Richard Attenborough.

‘We hadn’t realised The Mousetrap had been at The Grand Theatre until we did a bit of research into the history of the play,’ says Grace Dean, learning officer at The Grand. ‘When we saw mention of it playing here in1952 we delved into the archives and found the programme from the play starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim.’

The Mousetrap is famous around the world as the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre. It opened at the New Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on November 25th 1952 where it ran until Saturday, March 23rd 1974 transferring to St Martin’s the theatre next door the following Monday, March 25th.

‘We have also discovered both actors’ autographs in our visitor book from that time,’ adds Grace. ‘I love that The Grand is so beautifully steeped in history and that there are new things to be discovered all the time; this really puts us on the map of British theatre.’

The Mousetrap is known for its twist-ending which the audience is traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre. 

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday March 11th to Saturday, March 16th. Tickets are from £15.50 to £31.