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INTERVIEW: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap on stage in Tunbridge Wells

PUBLISHED: 12:01 02 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 02 November 2016

Oliver Gully - Mousetrap

Oliver Gully - Mousetrap

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This interview is with the famous novellist’s grandson

The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London and now the 60th anniversary production is here for the first time,

In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie created an atmosphere of suspense and an intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Here KoS speaks to her grandson, Mathew Prichard about what it was like to have a famous grandmother.

“I suppose it took some time for it to sink in that she was famous,” says Mr Prichard. “The headmaster at my school insisted on initalling all books that came into the school. One year I came back with the newest Agatha Christie novel but it went missing for a while. I later found out the headteacher’s wife had borrowed it to read. In such small ways, therefore, I did become aware of how talented she was.”

Mr Prichard would often get to hear the novels’ plots before anyone else.

“She would manage to write a book almost without anyone noticing and sometimes she used to read the new one to us in the summer. She did so partly, I suspect, to test audience reaction, but partly to entertain us on wet afternoons,” he tells.

“It is well-known that she gave me The Mousetrap for my ninth birthday. It was incredibly generous of her to give away such a play to her grandson,” says Mr Prichard.

“She loves giving pleasure to others - good food, a holiday, a present or a birthday ode. She loved enjoying herself and also to see others around her enjoying themselves. My impressions are rather personal ones.”

The Mousetrap is coming to Tunbridge Wells’ Assembly Hall from November 7 to 12.

For tickets visit assemblyhalltheatre.co,uk or call 01892 530613.

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