The Mousetrap and Agatha Christie

On this day in 1952 Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” opened in London at the Ambassadors Theatre and has played at the St Martin’s Theatre since 1973. In 1954 she became the first woman to have three plays running in London at the same time.

Agatha Christie was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and plays and is best known for her series of crime books featuring detectives Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple.

The Agatha Christie memorial on Cranbourne Street near Leicester Square tube station is by sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies. It was unveiled by her grandson Mathew Prichard CBE, Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen Bt, Chairman of Mousetrap Productions and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Angela Harvey on 18 November 2012. The unveiling also marked 60 years and 25,000 London performances of her play The Mousetrap.

Guinness World Records lists Christie as the world’s most-translated author and her works have sold more than 2 billion copies worldwide.

Hazel Baker is an award-winning London Tour Guide and qualified CIGA guide who delivers guided walks and private tours in London. View all of Hazel’s walking tours.


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