When our Chairman, Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, purchased the production rights to the world’s longest running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, it was in its 45th year in the West End. He believed it was time the play gave something back and so he set up an education charity to bring disadvantaged young people into the West End to experience theatre. The Mousetrap Foundation for the Arts was registered in 1996 and began operating under the helm of Susan Whiddington in 1997.
Over the last 14 years we have taken over 100,000 young people to the theatre. We have developed 18 different access, education and audience development programmes throughout that time. A few of these are no longer being offered or await a re-birth if the demand arises, but most are still going strong.
We changed our name in 2007 in celebration of our 10th anniversary, to better reflect what we do. Mousetrap Theatre Projects became our new operating name with a tag-line, “inspiring young people”. This is what drives us and is what we try to live up to every day.
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