Nov 19, 2012

By Scott Walker

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The longest-running play in history celebrated a milestone performance last night.

The 25,000-th performance of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap featured a star-studded one-night-only cast in London’s West End.

Director Phyllida Lloyd brought together eight famous faces for the gala performance, including Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, Patrick Stewart, and Julie Walters. They had less than 24 hours to learn the play and the stage directions, although they did get to carry their scripts.

A memorial in Agatha Christie’s honour was also unveiled with the author’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, on hand.

Proceeds from the gala will go to charities associated with the show. Prichard says a large portion of the royalties the show produces will also be dedicated to the Mousetrap charities.

The Mousetrap is in its 60th year. It opened officially on October 6th, 1952.

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