The Mousetrap

1970

Agatha Christie turns 80.

On 5th October 1970 the London Evening News ‘gave’ the Ambassadors Theatre as a prize in a competition. The winner could have the theatre for a night and could do anything they wanted. They could give it away, keep the takings or even see the show through with no-one else in the audience. A housewife, Mrs. Brenda Coleman, was the winner and she gave half the takings to the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, who helped save her daughter’s sight, invited many of the hospital staff to a champagne reception and, with her husband, had a holiday with the balance.

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