Theater Abroad: Stick with the Corpus, Christie

The curtain is up. The theater is dark. A woman screams. Someone eerily whistles Three Blind Mice. Pistol shots clap the air for the 3,745th time. Thus Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap moved into its tenth year in residence in London's Ambassadores Theater last week.

Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of the British theater, and has been since the day nearly five years ago when it passed the 2,238-performance record set by Oscar Asche's Chu-Chin-Chow, which opened in London in 1916. It has also surpassed Broadway's record-holding Life with Father by 521 performances.* The Mousetrap...

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