The Mousetrap

1976

At the end of the performance of The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre on 12th January 1976, actor Brian McDermott, playing Detective Sergeant Trotter, spoke at the end of the performance to the packed house: “Ladies and gentlemen, this afternoon the best-known, best-loved English writer in the world, Dame Agatha Christie died and a few hours ago it seemed that The Mousetrap would close for the first time in its history. Those of us who knew her saw a quiet, shy, sensitive lady, but she also had great courage and determination and we knew she would have wanted the show to go on. As a mark of respect to a great English lady, will you please rise and join in a moment of silence.” They did.

On the 17th of December The Mousetrap passed yet another milestone of 10,000 performances

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