Agatha Christie’s riveting murder mystery, “The Mousetrap,” is coming to the Golden Chain Theatre for nine performances in October.
The murder mystery takes place in a boarding house where a group of strangers have been stranded by a snow storm.
“The Mousetrap” is by far the longest continuously-running show of all time, with more than 25,000 performances as of 2012. The play’s popularity, of course, is bolstered by the fact that its author, Agatha Christie, is herself the best-selling novelist of all time, whose books are ranked third on the list of the most widely published works ever – trailing only the Bible and William Shakespeare.
The play, co-directed by Peter Clarke and MaryHelen Mierkey, be performed at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17), with 2 p.m. shows on Sundays (Oct. 4, 11, and 18).
The play began as a radio show named Three Blind Mice which was performed in honor of Queen Mary in 1947. That broadcast led, first to a short story, and then to the stage play in its present form. The name was changed in 1952 from Three Blind Mice to “The Mousetrap” because of a conflict with another production.
The play opened with Sir Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim in the principal roles of Mollie and Sgt. Trotter. The show is known for its “twist” ending and for audience members being asked not to reveal that ending.
“It’s an honor for us here at the Golden Chain to be able to present this classic production by the great Agatha Christie,” said Peter Clarke, president of the Golden Chain.
In order of appearance, cast members include Mollie Ralston (Jessalyn Talley), Giles Ralston (Robert Britt), Christopher Wren (Eddie Fickling), Mrs. Boyle (MaryHelen Mierkey), Major Metcalf (Gary Talley), Miss Casewell (Jennifer Olsen), Mr. Paravicini (Roland Ott), and Detective Sergeant Trotter (Keith Treadaway).
Details: Tickets: general admission ($15), seniors ($12), students and active military ($10). Group rates available. (559) 683-7112, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - goldenchaintheatre.org.