Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will open on Broadway for the first time after 70 years on the London stage.
The world’s longest-running play was first performed in London in 1952 and has never been performed in New York, but will now open there in 2023.
It will be a co-production between The Mousetrap UK producer Adam Spiegel and Tony Award winner Kevin McCollum, whose credits include Broadway productions of UK hit shows The Play That Goes Wrong and Six.
McCollum said: “I am delighted that Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery that changed popular theater and has been a landmark attraction for American visitors to London’s West End for the past 70 years is now coming to Broadway.
“I am thrilled for Christie’s huge fan base in North America and for the performance company in New York to join the esteemed ranks of The Mousetrap alumni.”
Spiegel said: “There can be no better way to mark today’s milestone in The Mousetrap’s illustrious career than to anticipate a New York production.
“I feel like after the longest out-of-town run in history, The Mousetrap is finally ready to transfer to Broadway.”
To celebrate the anniversary, Private Eye writer and cartoonist Nick Newman has created a cardboard box marking 70 years since the show opened in London.
The Mousetrap has been represented 28,915 times in the city, according to the producers of the production.
It is against Christie’s wishes for the play to be performed on Broadway, according to the Times.