Peter Saunders

(1911—2003) theatre producer

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b. 23 November 1911, London, England, d. 6 February 2003, England. Educated at Oundle and in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saunders then worked in the film industry as a cinematographer and director. He also was a journalist and for a while was press agent for dance bandleader Harry Roy. After military service in World War II, he became a theatrical producer and staged Fly Away Peter (1947). He continued to work in the theatre and on 25 November 1952 his production of The Mousetrap, based on Agatha Christie’s novel, opened at London’s Ambassadors Theatre. The play was a result of a BBC radio play, by Christie, Three Blind Mice, commissioned in celebration of the 80th birthday of Queen Mary. The author revised it for Saunders as a stage play, which he promptly retitled because another play was already named Three Blind Mice. He cast Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim, ran it briefly and to poor response in Nottingham, then brought it into the West End and stepped into the theatrical history books. The show was still running in 2006 after more than 20, 000 performances.


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