Laurent Giroux, Jennie Eisenhower, Dan Hodge and More Are Caught in Walnut Street's Mousetrap, Opening Jan. 25

News   Laurent Giroux, Jennie Eisenhower, Dan Hodge and More Are Caught in Walnut Street's Mousetrap, Opening Jan. 25
 
Walnut Street Theatre continues its season with a new production of Agatha Christie's classic thriller The Mousetrap, officially opening Jan. 25, following previews that began Jan. 17, on the WST Mainstage.

Charlotte Northeast and Eric Bryant
Charlotte Northeast and Eric Bryant Photo by Mark Garvin

Directed by Malcolm Black, The Mousetrap — which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year — continues through March 4.

The production features Jennie Eisenhower and Dan Hodge as newlyweds and manor owners, Mollie and Giles Ralston, respectively. The cast also includes Paul L. Nolan as Major Metcalf, Laurent Giroux (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Mr. Paravicini, Eric Bryant as Christopher Wren, Charlotte Northeast as Miss Casewell, Harry Smith as Detective Sergeant Trotter and Judith Knight Young as Mrs. Boyle.

The Mousetrap, according to Walnut Street, "is [Christie's] most popular creation. Set in England during the winter of 1952, a group of strangers are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm. They soon discover one of them is a murderer and suspicion runs wild. Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it's the spinster with the curious background. It could be the architect, the retired Army Major or maybe the odd man who claims his car overturned in a snowdrift. You would think audiences would know whodunnit by now, but the secret has remained safe in the hearts of audiences."

To celebrate its 60th year, Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap worldwide. In 2012, the play will be seen on every continent with professional productions in Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia, Venezuela, and across the United States and Canada. The show will also tour the U.K. for the first time ever, while simultaneously continuing performances at St. Martin's Theatre in London.

The Mousetrap premiered in the West End in 1952 and has never stopped running. In 1974, the play moved to St. Martin's Theatre. With over 24,500 performances, The Mousetrap is the longest continuously-running play of all time. Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Glen Sears, costume designer Mary Folino, lighting designer Shelley Hicklin and sound designer Christopher Colucci.

The Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more information and tickets, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.

The cast
The cast Photo by Mark Garvin
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