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30 April 2010

Watch the world's longest running show

In its 58th year, and having seen over 23,000 performances, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been at the St Martin's Theatre for the last 34 years, which means it has been in the same theatre fore more than half of its record breaking run.

The show has had 382 actors and actresses appearing, 116 miles of shirts have been ironed and over 415 tons of ice cream sold. In November 2002 the show marked its 50th anniversary with a Royal Gala Performance for the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

It first entered the record books in April 1958 when it became the longest running show of any kind in British Theatre. And the show itself isn't the only record breaker. Some cast members are in the Guinness Book of Records, with David Raven having earned the title of 'Most Durable Actor' for his 4575 performances as Major Metcalf, and the late Nancy Seabrooke also earning a place for her 15 years as an understudy.

For more, see https://www.the-mousetrap.co.uk/

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