For 70 years The Mousetrap has been carving out its place in history, becoming the longest-running play in the world. Finally, and against Agatha Christie’s original wishes, it is going to Broadway.

The producers and Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, have agreed to open a version in New York after being blown away by the show’s post-lockdown popularity in London.

When the play first opened in the West End in November, 1952 — starring Richard Attenborough — Christie and the original producer stipulated that it would not go to New York, Prichard said. “Those reasons are now long lost,” he added.

Christie, who died in 1976 aged 85, granted Prichard the royalties for his ninth birthday, and the money has been donated to a charitable trust

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