LOUISE Jameson will star as Mrs Boyle in the record-breaking 60th anniversary tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from January 19, when Agatha Christie's beloved murder mystery will begin the 2016 leg of its nationwide travels.

More than 25 venues await, among them the Grand Opera House in York, where the enduring thriller will return from February 22 to 27, having visited there in May 2013. Further casting will be announced in due course.

“I thought about doing something special for my 65th birthday in 2016. Just how did I get to be 65?" asks Louise. "The same way The Mousetrap has run for nearly that length of time I suppose; just second by second time has ticked away; we've both lasted this long, and so we'll be celebrating together. That's quite special.”

Louise Jameson has enjoyed long-running roles as Leela, companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor in Doctor Who; Susan Young in Bergerac; Eleanor Glasson in Doc Martin and Rosa di Marco in EastEnders.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running stage production at its London home at St Martin’s Theatre, where it has now celebrated its 26,000th performance. The 60th Anniversary – and first ever –tour is approaching 1,000 performances and has been seen by nearly one million people.

Mousetrap Productions has licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap worldwide to mark the 60th year, from Cape Town to Philadelphia, Singapore to Sydney. Australia, China, Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Scandinavia and Venezuela have all mounted shows, and Christie's play has been seen across the United States and Canada too.

The British tour is booking until next August and will take in Harrogate Theatre from May 2 to 7. Tickets for the York run are on sale on 0844 871 3024 or at atgtickets.com/york; Harrogate, 01423 502116 or at harrogatetheatre.co.uk