Fascinating facts about Agatha Christie's timeless murder mystery

Fascinating facts about Agatha Christie's timeless murder mystery

Delve into the Intriguing world of Agatha Christie's timeless classic, The Mousetrap.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is THE genre-defining murder mystery, penned by the best-selling novelist of all time. The verdict is in - this is a must-see! Catch it on HOTA's stage later this month.

In the spirit of crime and mystery, we've unearthed some fascinating facts to fully immerse you in the allure of this iconic play.

It's the longest running show, of any kind, in the world!

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap first opened in 1952. In her autobiography, Agatha Christie said she initially thought the play would only run for a maximum of eight months!

The show has been presented in more than 50 countries.

And translated into 27 languages!

Don't expect to see a film version anytime soon.

The contract terms of the play state that no film version can be made until the West End show has been closed for six months.

Over 400 actors and actresses have appeared in the play since it opened.

Two cast members have landed themselves in the Guinness Book of Records for their performances: David Raven as the 'Most Durable Actor' for 4575 performances as Major Metcalf and the late Nancy Seabrooke for a record-breaking 15 years as an understudy.

You have to keep it a secret!

At the end of each show, the audience is asked to preserve the tradition of The Mousetrap and keep the ending a secret.

It started out as a radio play.

The Mousetrap was originally written as a radio play at the request of Queen Mary.

#Are you ready to solve the case?

For over 70 years, it's kept millions of people across the globe on the edge of their seats.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap
Wed 29 May - Sun 2 Jun

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

HOTA in association with John Frost for Crossroads Live and Shake & Stir Theatre Co presents

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