The Mousetrap at PlayhouseSquare

A little bit of murder, a great deal of mystery, one of the world’s most celebrated writers and one of the nation’s greatest professional theatre companies make for an exciting night of entertainment in downtown Cleveland.

Great Lakes Theater celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season with a play marking its 60th. Celebrating 60 years in London’s West End, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is one of the stage’s most famous murder mysteries and the longest-running play in theatre history. The Mousetrap runs from March 9 to March 25 in the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

Based upon Christie’s 1947 radio play, Three Blind Mice, and its subsequent short story, The Mousetrap takes place in the Great Hall of Monkswell Manor, during a snowstorm in 1952. A woman has been murdered in London. Meanwhile, Mollie and Giles Ralston have started a guest house at Monkswell Manor and are patiently awaiting their very first guests. How are these two events connected? You’ll see. A wide array of characters soon arrives, some invited and some not, and then the fun really begins. Will you figure out the identity of the murderer before the curtain falls? Come see The Mousetrap, and find out.

Dame Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976 at the age of 85. She is the best-selling novelist of all time, and her works are the most published after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible. Among her many well-known works are The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Death on the Nile (1937), And Then There Were None (1939), and of course, The Mousetrap (1952). And Christie’s Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and English spinster Miss Jane Marple have become two of the most beloved characters in English literature.

The Mousetrap is a big deal for Cleveland, as Great Lakes Theater is one of only 60 theatre companies across the globe given license to perform it this year, the 60th Anniversary of Christie’s masterpiece play. The Mousetrap premiered in London’s West End in 1952, and it has never closed, making it the longest-running play in theatre history.

This production of The Mousetrap is absolutely phenomenal… pure magic… and pure Great Lakes Theater. The cast of nine, some GLT “regulars” and some new to the company, are perfectly wonderful in their roles. And director Drew Barr’s staging is splendid…nothing less than what one would expect from any GLT performance.

Up next at Great Lakes Theater is William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet (April 13-28), perhaps, the greatest love story ever told. And the 2011-2012 Season will end with Sondheim on Sondheim (May 16 – July 8), a musical revue celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim, master of the American musical.

For more information about Great Lakes Theater, The Mousetrap, or the rest of GLT’s exciting 2011-2012 50th Anniversary Season, please refer to its website at For more information about PlayhouseSquare, its website is

– Submitted by Christopher S. Musselman

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