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Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre by Julius Green; book

When Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap was being tried out in Nottingham in October 1952 the cast had their doubts about its success. One night the actors, including Richard Attenborough, who played Detective Sergeant Trotter, discussed the nuances of the second act into the small hours. After listening to their concerns  the bestselling novelist stood up and said goodnight with the words, “I should stop worrying and get off to bed. I think we might get quite a nice little run out of it.”