FORMER soap star Todd Carty will star in the world's longest play The Mousetrap, which returns to Mayflower Theatre next year as part of its 70th anniversary tour.

Best known for his iconic TV roles of Mark Fowler in EastEnders, a long-running character with a ground-breaking AIDS storyline, PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill and Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill, Carty will play Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap in Southampton from February 28 to March 4, 2023.

He has enjoyed a long and illustrious career on stage and TV and was also a contestant on both Dancing on Ice, where he was widely considered the worst contestant ever, and Celebrity Masterchef. Carty's first television appearance in the UK was in an advertisement for Woolworths at the age of four!

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The genre-defining murder mystery from the pen of Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling novelist of all time, will open its latest tour at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, where it held its original world premiere back in 1952. The iconic thriller will then visit over 70 venues across the country, including all cities in which it originally played, plus many more. 

This 70th Anniversary tour marks the first of many ways that The Mousetrap will be celebrating its extraordinary milestone year.

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

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at Monkswell Manor, a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim?

Further casting for the show will be announced soon. 

Tickets for The Mousetrap are on sale now from or by calling 023 8071 1811.

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