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FR: Mum and Dad took me to the play in 1962 for my 13th birthday treat

LONDON 25 Nov 2012 “The Mousetrap” marks 60th anniversary

The murder mystery written by Agatha Christie, “The Mousetrap,” opene

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FR: Mum and Dad took me to the play in 1962 for my 13th birthday treat

LONDON 25 Nov 2012 "The Mousetrap" marks 60th anniversary

The murder mystery written by Agatha Christie, "The Mousetrap," opened in London in 1952. It has played ever since, quickly becoming the longest-running performance in the world. The play is also famous for the twist at the end, and the audience is asked not to reveal "whodunnit" before they leave the theater. Christie gave grandson Matthew Prichard the rights for his ninth birthday present. He is reported to be a multimillionaire from the royalties

FR: Mum and Dad took me to the play in 1962 for my 13th birthday treat

LONDON 25 Nov 2012 "The Mousetrap" marks 60th anniversary

The murder mystery written by Agatha Christie, "The Mousetrap," opened in London in 1952. It has played ever since, quickly becoming the longest-running performance in the world. The play is also famous for the twist at the end, and the audience is asked not to reveal "whodunnit" before they leave the theater. Christie gave grandson Matthew Prichard the rights for his ninth birthday present. He is reported to be a multimillionaire from the royalties on the play.

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, upset Prichard and Christie fans in 2010 by revealing the end of the play. In an interview in Britain's Independent, he called the situation "unfortunate." He told the newspaper that his grandmother "always got upset if the plots of her books or plays were revealed in reviews."

The author, who died in 1976, is famous for writing 80 murder mystery novels translated into more than 100 languages.

In 2000, the Independent noted that Christie herself never predicted the success of "The Mousetrap." Her grandson told the newspaper that she thought it would last a few months. "When it got to 15 years, she stopped being amazed."

The 60th anniversary can be counted on to occasion a reunion of many of the hundreds of actors who have performed in the play. One of the surviving few from the 1952 cast is Lord Attenborough, best known for his role in the Hollywood movie "Jurassic Park" and for documentaries about the natural world. One of the play's stars, David Raven, made it into the Guinness Book of Records as 'most durable actor' for his 4,575 performances as Major Metcalf.

The newspaper notes that "The Mousetrap" statistics are awesome: it has been presented in 44 countries and translated into 24 languages. The play opened in London at The Ambassadors Theatre on 25 Nov 1952. The play later transferred to St. Martin's Theatre in London on 23 Mar 1974 and has been running there ever since. It is estimated that more than four million people had seen the play by the time its 25th anniversary was celebrated in 1977. (WRITTEN Nov 2011)

RELATED READING:

Original cast unravel mystery of 'The Mousetrap' (Independent 8 Dec 2000)
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/original
-cast-unravel-mystery-of-the-mousetrap-629771.html

Wikipedia springs 'Mousetrap' ending (Independent 29 Aug 2010)
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/wikipedia-springs-mousetrap
-ending-2064958.html

The Mousetrap official web
https://www.the-mousetrap.co.uk/online/default.asp

Date written/update: 2012-11-25