Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is the world's longest running play. The iconic neon sign at the front of St Martin's Theatre welcomes theatregoers and announces the longevity of the play. The play originally opened in London's West End on 25th November 1952. Each year as the production celebrates its anniversary the sign is changed. I decided to along this year and here are a few photos I took.
James arrived about 7.20am carrying the new number 5 sign. He informed me that it would take about an hour to replace the sign.
The first task was dismantling the number 4.
For a few minutes we travelled back in time to the 6th year of The Mousetrap.
James re-appears holding the number 5.
The number 5 is attached to the sign.
When the work is completed the sign is swtitched back on. James told us that he remembers his father installing the original neon sign and his family continue to maintain the sign. The circuit is now over 25 years old so it takes a little time to warm up after switching on.
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