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The mousetrap

Is a murder mystery play Agatha Christie and the longest is the longest running theatrical performance in history, with over 23,000 performances since 1952 and has been running continuously since then.

The play began life as a short radio play broadcast on 30 May 1947 called Three Blind Mice in honour of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. The play had its origins in the real-life case of the death of a boy, Dennis O’Neill, who died whilst in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945. The Mousetrap has broken several records for its continuous theatrical run since its opening, and it is estimated that more than four million people had seen the play by the time its twenty-five year anniversary was celebrated in 1977.

When she wrote the play, Christie gave the rights to her grandson Matthew Prichard as a birthday present. Outside of the West End, only one version of the play can be performed annually and under the contract terms of the play, no film adaptation can be produced until the West End production has been closed for at least six months.

St Martin’s Theatre, London

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