An ICONIC thriller is coming to Malvern Theatres this year as part of its seventieth-anniversary tour.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap will be coming to Malvern Theatres from Monday, January 30 to Saturday, February 4.

Having held its world premiere at Theatre Royal Nottingham in 1952, this seventieth-anniversary tour is visiting over 70 theatres throughout the UK and Ireland.

The cast includes Todd Carty (who portrayed Mark Fowler in EastEnders) as Major Metcalf and Gwyneth Strong (who played Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses) as Mrs Boyle.

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Joelle Dyson, Laurence Pears, Elliot Clay, Essie Barrow and Joseph Reed all also star in the production.

The Mousetrap is produced by Adam Spiegel Productions and Directed by Ian Talbot OBE.

Adam Spiegel, the producer of The Mousetrap, said: "What better way to celebrate 70 glorious years of The Mousetrap than by taking Agatha Christie’s world-famous whodunnit to over 70 towns and cities throughout the UK and Ireland.

"A true British classic, this beloved tale of intrigue and suspense is as enthralling today as it was when it first opened in 1952 and I am thrilled that audiences, of all ages, and from all corners of the country, will have the chance to see it in their local theatres."

Following its 1952 premiere touring production, The Mousetrap opened in the West End where still to this day, it continues its record-breaking engagement at the St Martin’s Theatre having been performed there over 28,500 times, selling over 10 million tickets.

The story follows news spreading of a murder in London, and a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a stately countryside guesthouse.

When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst.

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One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts and the audience is left guessing which one is the murderer and who will be their next victim.

The play was loosely based on the real-life death of Dennis O'Neill, a 12-year-old boy who died while in the care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945.

The trial and commitment of his foster parents shocked the country and inspired the author in her writing of the work.