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30th September 2002
Mousetrap review

Pre show talk by David Turner, London production director
Colin McIntyre's Royal Thriller Season company
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Sunday 6th October, 2002
Sir Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough (in his pre-Sir days) appeared in the original Mousetrap at Nottingham
The Mousetrap is the longest running production in London. But it actually began life in Nottingham.
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In 1952 Deryck Guyler recorded the radio bulletin used in the original production. It's still used today making him the longest serving cast member (even though he died in 1999).

The Mousetrap began life in 1947 as a radio play called Three Blind Mice.

It's been performed in more than 44 countries.
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Agatha Christie probably had no idea what she was creating when she wrote The Mousetrap.

For the last 50 years it's been pulling theatre audiences into London's West End.

Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough trod the boards in Nottingham as Det Sgt Trotter...

What you might not be aware of is that prior to starting its record-breaking run, The Mousetrap had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.

The date was 6th October, 1952, with a cast that included Richard Attenborough and Sylvia Sim.

Since that time there've been nearly 21,000 performances of the mystery thriller.

To celebrate the half century of Mousetrap productions the Mousetrap is returning to Nottingham for a special one-off performance.

Sylvia Sim
...along with Sylvia Sim as Mollie Ralston

Cast members from Colin McIntyre's Theatre Royal Thriller Season company will be giving a rehearsed reading of the play.

Prior to that there'll be a free pre-show talk by David Turner, the director of the London production of the Mousetrap at 2.30pm on the Theatre Royal stage.

Mr Turner directed the Mousetrap in 1987, 1991 and every production since 1993.

He'll be talking about what goes on behind the scenes of the the world's longest running production.

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