In 1947, famed mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote a half-hour radio play, Three Blind Mice, which was broadcast as part of an evening of radio programs in honor of Queen Mary of England's eightieth birthday.
Christie adapted the radio play into a short story that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States in 1948 and in a collection of Christie's short stories, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, published in 1950. Interestingly, the first United States publication of Three Blind Mice and Other Stories had an illustration of a mousetrap on the cover.
Christie expanded the half-hour radio play of Three Blind Mice into a full-length theatre play titled The Mousetrap, which was first performed in Nottingham, England, in October, 1952.
The play was transferred to London in November 1952, where it was performed continuously until March, 2020, when it was temporarily discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until that time, The Mousetrap had over 28,000 performances and was the longest...
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