- Posted By: Glenn Rice on: Thu, 9th Aug 2012 at 12:44pm
Author of The Mousetrap Agatha Christie is to be commemorated with a sculpture in the West End, in the same year that her perennial whodunit celebrates its 60th anniversary on the London stage.
The 8 ft. tall bronze memorial has been designed by Ben Twiston-Davies in the form of a large book with an oval opening containing a portrait bust of Christie.
The sculpture will be located between Great Newport Street and Cranbourn Street near Leicester Square - a stone's throw from the St Martin's Theatre, home of The Mousetrap. It's scheduled to go on public display before the end of this year.
Legendary authoress Christie, who died in 1976, is deserving of her Theatreland tribute. Although known mainly for her prolific output of mystery novels, she not only wrote the world's longest-running play but has had no fewer than eight works in total staged in the West End.
The Mousetrap opened in London 1952 and has played there continuously ever since. It's continuing its epic run at the St Martin's Theatre and will embark on a commemorative UK tour - its first - this September.
The play focuses on five guests snowed in at a country hotel who are warned by a visiting policeman that a murderer is on the loose in the area. One by one, the guests are investigated until a trap is laid to catch the killer.