The Mousetrap

SIR PETER SAUNDERS

(1911-2003) Original Producer

Peter Saunders’ first job was as a very junior assistant cameraman. He graduated to cameraman and film director.
He then produced his own films and lost all his money.
He worked as a reporter on the Daily Express for four years; then as press agent to bandleader Harry Roy. He joined the army when war broke out, rising from private to captain.
He jumped in at the deep end and put on his first play in 1947. He then produced more than 150 shows all over the world including the world record breaking The Mousetrap. In 1981 he was knighted for his services to the theatre. In April 1994 he transferred the management of The Mousetrap to Mousetrap Productions run by Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen. Sir Peter’s hobbies included chess, photography, the music of George Gershwin, telephoning, and collecting wills. He was married to Katie Boyle.

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