What’s Happening: See the world’s longest running show at the Theatre Royal

It’s quite clear for those visiting Tasmania that we have a hunger for the arts and nurturing creative expression. And one of the best places to experience this during your time in Hobart is the Theatre Royal.

Built among the public houses, brothels, factories and tiny workers’ cottages of Wapping, the Theatre Royal Hobart opened in 1837. Today the Theatre Royal is not just a piece of Tasmania’s history but a living centre for the performing arts with an annual curated program including First Nations work, drama, contemporary music, dance, circus and family shows.

The Theatre was featured in the Summer Edition of magazine just a few months ago where we highlighted it as a creative place for hosting business events. One that would stimulate creative thought and produce an environment for your delegates to share ideas on the grand stage.

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In addition to being an amazing venue, the Theatre has so much to offer for delegates looking for something to do outside of conference and event schedules. For those fortunate enough to be visiting through out June you will have the opportunity to see the world’s longest running play in Australia’s oldest working theatre when Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap comes to the Theatre Royal Hobart. Opening on 11 June 2024, The Mousetrap is directed by iconic Australian actor, director and producer – Robyn Nevin.

Originally premiering back in October 1952 at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham and then opening in London’s West End in November 1952 at the Ambassadors Theatre (where it ran until March 1974). It immediately transferred to the larger St Martin’s Theatre next door, where it continues to this day.

Renowned for its thrilling twist ending (which the audience is asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre), The Mousetrap is set at Monkswell Manor and after a local woman is murdered, guests and staff find themselves stranded during a snowstorm.

The cast includes Helpmann Award winner Alex Rathgeber (Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Giles Ralston, the husband of the new owner of Monkswell Manor; legendary performer Gerry Connolly (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui) as Mr Paravicini, an unexpected visitor at the manor; and one of Australia’s most renowned stars of stage and screen, Geraldine Turner (Wicked, Present Laughter), as the seriously unpleasant retired magistrate Mrs Boyle.

“We’re very excited to present a new professional production of this enduring and much-loved murder mystery to Tasmanian audiences,” Theatre Royal Chief Executive Simon Wellington said. “With new films and television mini-series based on her books, there is a resurgence of interest in Agatha Christie’s thrillers. We are excited to give new audiences the chance to solve the mystery.”

For further details follow the link below.

Theatre Royal – The Mousetrap