Wednesday, 15 September 2010

It's A London Thing No.7: The Mousetrap

It’s a London Thing is our new Wednesday series in which we turn the spotlight on a unique aspect of London – perhaps a curious shop, sometimes an eccentric restaurant, a hidden place, book or oddity. The subject matter will be different every week. The running theme, however, will remain constant: you have to come to London to enjoy it. It’s A London Thing.

It’s a London thing and has been so since 1952. The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in November 1952. Back then the producer Peter Saunders estimated that it would run for just over a year. Agatha Christie herself reckoned on a mere eight months.

The play transferred to St Martin’s Theatre in 1974 and has been there ever since. One original cast member “remains”: the late Deryck Guyler’s voice can be heard nightly reading a news bulletin in the play. The original West End cast featured Richard Attenborough in the role of Detective Sergeant Trotter with his wife Sheila Sim as Mollie Ralston. It remains the longest running play in the world.

Today, 15th September, is the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth.

And if you want to know the identity of the murderer, well it turns out to be (THE REST OF THIS POST IS CENSORED. You’ll have to head to the West End to find out. It’s a London Thing.)

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