Box-office records broken at theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:32 04 August 2015

Characters Major Metcalf and Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap.

Characters Major Metcalf and Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap.

WESTON’S main theatre is celebrating one of its most successful productions following the visit of the world’s longest-running stage show.

The Playhouse, in Weston High Street, broke the £100,000 mark in weekly box office sales for the first time in its 69-year history as Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap was performed at the venue.

In total, more than 4,300 people crowded into its auditorium across the show’s eight performances, which ran from July 13-18.

General manager Mark Thompson said: “We’re delighted with the success of the Mousetrap and thank everyone who came to support the show and the theatre. There were many individuals who travelled to Weston and stayed in our town’s hotels and used the many local businesses over the course of the week.

“Attracting productions of this scale isn’t just great for the theatre, it’s great for the town; ultimately, people will travel from far and wide to see them.”

The play became famous following a 43-year run at St Martin’s Theatre in London, clocking up more than 25,000 performances to become the longest-running stage show on Earth.

Another West End show to visit The Playhouse later this year will be Blood Brothers, which arrives in Weston on October 19.

Mr Thompson added: “Blood Brothers is a real challenge for us.

“We’re working incredibly hard to ensure that the venue is ready for the show’s arrival, which is double the size of Mousetrap and any pantomime we’ve had at the venue previously.”

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