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Agatha Christie
Queen of Crimes

Agatha Christie, born in 1890, was a renowned English writer known for her detective novels and short story collections. Her works, which include iconic characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, have earned her the title "Queen of Mystery." , "Queen of Crimes." Christie's clever plots, intricate puzzles, and unexpected twists have captivated readers for decades. Some of her most famous novels include "Murder on the Orient Express," "And Then There Were None," and "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." Her writing style and ability to keep readers guessing until the very end have solidified her place as one of the most celebrated mystery writers of all time. Christie's influence on the mystery genre is profound, and her works continue to inspire readers and writers alike.

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Agatha Christie The Queen of Crimes.

St. Martin's Theatre has been home to Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap since March 1974. Located in the heart of London's West End and theatre district, it has a capacity of 552 over three auditorium levels – Stalls (265), Dress Circle (123) and Upper Circle (153) – and four boxes (11).
Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap', opened in the West End on the 25th November 1952, which means it has been running for over 50 years making it the world's longest running play - an incredible achievement for any play and one that the producers are rightly proud of. In the course of the first 50 years, according to the programme notes, over 10 million people have seen the show and over 395 tons of ice cream have been sold!
The Queen of Crimes "MOUSETRAP" will be entering its successful "72" year on 26th November 2024, ever since it was first staged at West End premirer on 26th November 1952.The "MOUSETRAP" will be the only show to become the longest running show of any kind in the whole word.As one of Agatha Chrisite`s fan I feel overjoyed and feel proud.
In 1947 Queen Mary, mother of the reigning British monarch George VI, celebrated her eighteenth birthday.BBC wanted to celebrate this event on the radio, and came to know that Her Majesty would like nothing better than a play by Agatha Christie.Hence BBC arranged for a half an hour radio play to be broadcasted in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Mary`s birthday. Within a week Chrisite`s play called "Three Blind Mice" was ready for the broadcast. Queen Mary with members of her royal family and friends listened to it in the sitting room of Marlborough House and were delighted by it.This radio play then turn back into a play not for radio but to be staged on the Theatre and was retitled as "The Mousetrap"
The famous drama "MouseTrap" was first staged in London on 28th Nov 1958.The drama is staged till today everyday without any interception. It will be celebrating its 50th years on 22nd November 2002.The famous stage artists and producers of different countries  have firmly stated that this drama will continue to run every day  and will run  forever.If this statement is true how will the drama attract patrons?every day each show is running houseful from where the audience come? The audience for the drama are not only the residents of London , many of them are the international travellers who visit London.The floating population of international travellers to London is increasing year after year so also the patrons attending this Mouse Trap.
Is it not a matter of great astonishment now that even after a half- century in London The Mousetrap can still be staged before the audiences with no ideas of its development or climax.

1)Radio broadcast by BBC as a Radio play in 1947.(Three Blind Mice)
2)The Mousetrap was first staged at the Theatre Royal,Nottingham on 6th Oct 1952.(Directed by:Peter Cotes)The team of artists then toured to stage this play at Oxford, Manchestar,Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds and Birminham.
Mousetrap presented by Peter Saunders.
3)Opened in London at the Ambassador Theatre on 25th Nov 1952.
Names of the Important Artistes:

  • 1) Richard Attenborough
  • 2) Sheila Sim( Wife of No.1)
  • 3) Jessica Spencer
  • 4) Aubrey Dexter
  • 5) Mignon O`Doherty
  • 6) Allan McClelland
  • 7) Martin Miller
  • 8) John Paul

    Important Reviews.

    i)Even more thrilling than the plot is the atmosphere of shuddering suspense.No one brews it better than Agatha Christie (Daily Telegraph)
    ii)What a wily mistress of criminal ceremonies Agatha Christie is.She is like a perfect hostess at a cocktail party There is none of this hiding of vital facts in Mrs. Chrisite it is this honesty of procedure that puts her so high in the ranks of police novel writers.(The Evening Standard)
    iii)We have all of us been well and truly didled.(Weekly Sporting Review)
    iv)One of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced (New York Times)
    v)A truly entertaining classic thriller (London Sunday Times)
    vi)Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers (London Observer)
    Considering the reception the play received Mr.peter Saunders hoped to run the play for 12 to 14 months.Christie was of opinion that the play might run for eight months.

    Facts contributing for the popularity and long run of the play:

    a)Atmosphere of suspicion
    b)Those who have seen the play in London have behaved impeccably all these years in not  spreading news abroad to spoil the enjoyment of those who are yet to see the play.
    c)Play is an ingenious, entertaing and well  constructed mystery.
    d)Mr.Peter Saunders very carefully nursed the production.
    e)Each year on the anniversary of the opening ,production restaged by a new director with the change in the cast.The success of The Mouse Trap is to put it mildly there is a bit of something in it for almost everbody, people of different age groups and tastes can enjoy seeing it.
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