Poll: West End coups Blood Brothers and The Mousetrap revealed by the Ipswich Regent

Anne Kavanagh (Mrs Boyle), Ryan Saunders (Christopher Wren) and Christopher Gilling (Major Metcalf)

Anne Kavanagh (Mrs Boyle), Ryan Saunders (Christopher Wren) and Christopher Gilling (Major Metcalf) in the 60th Anniversary UK Tour of The Mousetrap 2013. Credit Helen Maybanks - Credit: Helen Maybanks

Two of the West End’s biggest shows come to the Ipswich Regent next year, we can exclusively reveal.

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Agatha Christie’s world famous thriller The Mousetrap is the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre, with more than 25,000 performances.

To celebrate 60 years on stage, it’s gone on tour for the first time and comes to Ipswich from November 17-22.

Cut off by snow and with murder lurking around every corner, the inhabitants of a country house have their sordid pasts exposed in this classic mystery from the queen of suspense.

Willy Russell’s multi-award winning Blood Brothers, christened the standing ovation musical, runs from April 28-May 3. It’s the tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Featuring songs like Bright New Day and Tell Me It’s Not True, Bill Kenwright’s production just surpassed 10,000 performances in the West End, one of just three musicals to ever do so.

Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: “I’m really pleased we have another host of top names coming to the Regent. The Mousetrap following Cats is particularly apt.

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“Our theatre is going from strength to strength and helping Ipswich become a major cultural centre. When it comes to entertainment, no one does it better than the Regent and I’m sure our new hit shows will continue to attract big audiences in 2014.”

Comedian Alan Davies is coming back to the Regent following the sell-out success of his long-awaited return to stand-up. His follow up show Little Victories arrives next November 7. Also returning on May 7 is the always popular Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell.

“There’s a great team at the Regent who strive to bring the very best entertainment to the venue,” said general manager David Mansfield.

“The diversity of shows and popularity of the theatre show it’s a real asset to Ipswich and beyond.”

Tickets for Blood Brothers go on sale tomorrow, Alan Davies on December 2, The Mousetrap on December 6 and Daniel O’Donnell on December 7. Call the Regent box office on 01473 433100 or visit www.ipswichregent.com.

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