Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is coming to Billingham

Michael Fenner  as Mr Paravicini in the Mousetrap
Michael Fenner as Mr Paravicini in the Mousetrap

FAMILIAR faces from television will take to the stage when the world’s longest-running play comes to the area.

Stars from stage and screen are due to line up when the Billingham Forum plays host to Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.

The production is going on tour as it celebrates its 60th year of packing in audiences.

Michael Fenner, best known for his parts in TV’s Doctors and Footballer’s Wives, will repirse his West End role of Mr Paravicini.

He will be joined in the cast by Joanna Croll, of Sirens, and Doctors as Mollie Ralston, Ellie Jacob, from DCI Banks and Misfits, as Miss Casewell and Christopher Gilling, from legal dramas Law and Order and Silk, as Major Metcalf.

A Forum spokesman said: “To celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, with a star cast to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece here at the Forum Theatre Billingham.”

The murder mystery is set in a country house cut off by snow where a group of people are gathered.

They soon discover there is a murderer in their midst.

One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last moment the murderer and motive is revealed.

The Mousetrap has been running continuously in the West End since it opened.

It is on at The forum, The Causeway, Billingham, from Monday, March 10, to Saturday, March 15.

All performances are at 7.30pm and there are 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.

Contact the theatre to book and for full ticket price details on (01642) 552663.