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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap
Directed by Connie Boyd
Produced by Kevin Jones and Peggy Schneider

The Mousetrap opened in London in The Ambassadors’ Theatre on November 25th, 1952. It is the longest running play in the world, and has been playing continuously in London since that date. Originally written as a 20 minute radio play entitled Three Blind Mice, it was performed by request for Queen Mary’s 80th birthday in 1947. Later, the piece was released as a short story by the same name.

10 million people have seen the London production, now playing at the St. Martins Theatre. It has been translated into 20 languages and performed in 40 countries. 3,000 actors have appeared in the London productions alone.A world feat, actor David Raven appeared as Major Metcalf in 4,575 performances!

As part of her estate and will, Agatha Christie decreed that the play never be made into a film until it had been closed in London for at least 6 months. And, of course, she has requested that audience members and actors never reveal the identity of the murderer to anyone!