Carole Shelley, Jill Paice, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Read Agatha Christie's Mousetrap May 14 in NYC

Noël and Company presents a staged reading of Agatha Christie's murder mystery The Mousetrap May 14 at the company's new home at the National Arts Club in Manhattan.

Jill Paice
Jill Paice

Directed by Larry Fuller, the 7 PM free reading features Tony Award winner Carole Shelley ( The Elephant Man), Jill Paice ( Curtains), Greg Jackson, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka ( A Little Night Music), Clodagh Bowyer, Merwyn Goldsmith and Paxton Whitehead.

Here's how Noël and Company describes  The Mousetrap: "For Mollie and Giles (a seemingly unassuming young couple) it seems challenge enough to open a grand Bed and Breakfast in the middle of nowhere. However, add to the mix the blizzard of the century, violent murder, a half a dozen guests (any one of whom could be an inmate at Bedlam) and you have what has become the worlds' longest-running play. A hilarious, taut and brilliantly constructed whodunit that will keep you guessing right up to the last gasp! So please - stay the night at Monkswell Manor…and rest in peace!"

Prior to the 7 PM reading, jazz pianist and singer Ronny Whyte kicks off the evening with a 20-minute set of Noël Coward standards at 6:30 PM; Filip Pogady is featured throughout the evening on violin.

Noël and Company, a part of The NY Noel Coward Festival, recently presented Coward's The Vortex starring Suzanne Bertish, Edward Hibbert and Bobby Steggert

The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South. For more information and to make a reservation, call (646) 469-6402 or visit