Thousands flock to see world famous Agatha Christie whodunnit The Mousetrap at Ipswich Regent

Henry Luxemburg (Giles Ralston), Michael Fenner (Mr Paravicini) and Helen Clapp (Mollie Ralston) in

Henry Luxemburg (Giles Ralston), Michael Fenner (Mr Paravicini) and Helen Clapp (Mollie Ralston) in The Mousetrap. Picture: Helen Maybanks - Credit: Helen Maybanks

The Ipswich Regent’s continued success is no mystery, with some 8,000 people from across the county flocking to the theatre to see The Mousetrap.

The Full Monty, at the Ipswich Regent next year.

The Full Monty, at the Ipswich Regent next year. - Credit: Archant

Christopher Wren, Mrs Boyle, Miss Casewell, Major Metcalf and stranded motorist Mr Paravicini find themselves snowed in at Mollie and Giles Ralston’s newly-opened guest house with a killer on the loose in the world’s most famous whodunnit, which was a hit with audiences.

Maureen Nolan as the Fairy Godmother in Enchanted Entertainment's Cinderella, at the Ipswich Regent

Maureen Nolan as the Fairy Godmother in Enchanted Entertainment's Cinderella, at the Ipswich Regent this Christmas - Credit: Archant

“This is the 62nd year of Agatha Christie’s famous play and it shows no sign of aging,” said Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s culture portfolio-holder.

“Only the Regent can handle shows of this size and we continue to offer the very best. Next year we have The Full Monty for a week’s run. Before that there is our magical pantomime Cinderella.

“This is not only good for the Regent but also a boost for the local economy, with theatre-goers often dining out in town to make a full evening of it.”

Based on Simon Beaufoy’s 1997 film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who form a male striptease act, The Full Monty will run from March 23-28. It’s his first work for the theatre, having penned movies including Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Slumdog Millionaire and The Hunger Games Catching Fire.

Featuring songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate, Tom Jones and more; the award-winning show’s cast includes EastEnders’ Gary Lucy, Dinnerladies’ Andrew Dunn, Brookside’s Louis Emerick and Coronation Street’s Rupert Hill.

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It will be directed by award-winner Roger Haines, whose recent credits include the world premiere of the musical The Go-Between, which won the UK Theatre Awards Best Musical Award and the national tour of Calendar Girls.

Enchanted Entertainment’s Cinderella runs from December 20-January 3 and stars Maureen Nolan as the Fairy Godmother, Steps’ Lee Latchford-Evans as Prince Charming and Gabrielle Green of CBBC’s Wolfblood as Cinderella.

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