Toronto's Mousetrap Snaps Shut Jan. 18 After More Than 26 Years

News   Toronto's Mousetrap Snaps Shut Jan. 18 After More Than 26 Years Billed as North America's longest-running theatrical production, The Toronto Truck Theatre staging of Agatha Christie's durable murder mystery, The Mousetrap, will close Jan. 18 after 26-1/2 years.

The final Sunday show is closed to the public and open only to company members and friends.

Performances for the final weekend were added due to demand. The show will have played more than 9,000 performances.

As of Jan. 14, tickets were available for some shows between Jan. 14-17, but they were expected to disappear. The final public show was Jan. 17.

On Aug. 19, 1977, the curtain rose on what is billed on the troupe's website as "North America's longest running show."

Lack of business is cited as the reason The Mousetrap — a classic murder mystery revived in theatres internationally — will snap no more, although the producer Peter Peroff told papers tourism-related theatregoers were fewer due to everything from SARS to the war in Iraq to mad cow disease in Alberta. Peroff is an M.A. graduate in Drama from the University of Toronto, and founded Toronto Truck Theatre in 1971. He is also the former owner of the Bayview Playhouse, and has been President of the Toronto Theatre Alliance, as well as chairman of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards Committee. His credits include over 150 productions.

Over the years, the play has provided employment to scores of performers. According to the Toronto Truck Theatre website, the current cast includes Kim O'Gorman as Mollie Ralston, Jason Reilly as Giles Ralston,Jeffrey O'Brien as Christopher Wren, Dawn Marie Perpete as Mrs. Boyle, Daryl Taylor as Major Metcalf, Melissa Haller as Miss Casewell, George Politzer as Mr. Paravicini and Robert Squire as Detective Sargeant Trotter.

The original Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, began life as a 30-minute radio play, "Three Blind Mice," presented by the BBC to honor the late Queen Mary's 80th birthday, according to the TTT's production notes. A long running London staging began in 1952, starring Richard Attenborough, and is still running after 50 years.

For information, call (416) 922-0064 or visit www.mousetraptheatre.com.