Sleuth

Previewed 2 July 2002, Opened 10 July 2002, Closed 8 February 2003 at the Apollo Theatre in London

A major revival of Anthony Shaffer's thriller Sleuth in London starring Ian Ogilvy and Jonathan Kerrigan

A young man arrives at the impressive home of a famous mystery writer, only to be unwittingly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and gamesmanship. Nothing is quite what it seems... this intriguing study of human conflict, jealousy and manipulation proves to be far more than a whodunit and promises to baffle even the most proficient sleuth!

Arguably the world's greatest ever stage thriller, which inspired the hugely successful film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, makes it's much-anticipated return to the West End with its first revival for 30 years.

The cast from Monday 2 December 2002 features Ian Ogilvy as 'Andrew Wyke' and Jonathan Kerrigan as 'Milo Tindle'. Directed by Elijah Moshinsky with designs by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Nick Richings and sound by Simon Whitehorn. The original cast up to Saturday 30 November 2002 featured Peter Bowles as 'Andrew Wyke' and Gray O'Brien as 'Milo Tindle' with Seamus Dobony, James Forge and Matthew Knott. Elijah Moshinsky's West End credits include Matador the Musical with Stefanie Powers at the Queen's Theatre in 1991. Peter Bowles' West End credits include Ron Hutchinson's new play The Beau (Haymarket Theatre 2001).

The original stage production of Sleuth, directed by Clifford Williams and starring Anthony Quayle and Keith Baxter, opened at the St Martin's Theatre on 12 February 1970, transferring theatres firstly to the Garrick Theatre and then to the Fortune Theatre before closing after a run of six-and-a-half years on 25 October 1975. The production returned to London, opening at the Savoy Theatre on 7 March 1978, starring Patrick Cargill and Tony Anholt. This was only due to play for a limited engagement, but was extended and then transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre before closing after a seven month run on 14 October 1978. This production at the Apollo Theatre is the thriller's first West End revival since that production. Interestingly Sleuth was made into a film in 1972 starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine and was being shown at cinemas in the West End during the original stage run!

"Elijah Moshinsky's fine revival stars Peter Bowles as the old-style crime writer 'Andrew Wyke', and television hunk Gray O'Brien as 'Milo Tindle'... Sleuth must have originally appeared to be a send-up of Agatha Christie. Bowles and O'Brien re-define it as a contest in masculinity with a surprise twist of dependency... Bowles, dapper and erect, brilliantly conveys smug arrogance steadily undermined by his inventive opponent. And O'Brien, slack-jawed to start with, grows splendidly into the evening." The Daily Mail

"Last night I found myself hugely relishing what’s surely the most fiendishly clever thriller ever written for the stage. And I knew in advance what ensued after the snooty detective-story writer, Andrew Wyke, invites his wife's lover, Milo Tindle, for a cosy chat in an updated version of the country house in which Miss Scarlet and Colonel Mustard used to assail each other with guns, knives and lead piping... Even the botch-up (or misjudged rewrite?) that marred the last seconds of Elijah Moshinsky’s production last night couldn't prevent me having a terrific time." The Times

"It's the why and the how and the way in which it parodies thriller conventions, rather than the whodunnit element, that makes this such a technically brilliant, riveting piece of work. Peter Bowles plays Andrew Wyke, a hugely successful, snobbish detective story writer, and Gray O'Brien is Milo Tindle, the not-so-posh new boyfriend of Wyke's wife, Marguerite. This is a work about shifting power-play, deceiving the opponent. Just as you congratulate yourself for seeing through one of the player's schemes, another unexpected twist alters the balance and it becomes harder and harder to see whether this will ultimately prove to be a game of cat and mouse or tortoise and hare. The great hall in Wyke's mansion is a triumph of Gothic minimalist chic - and it's also well planted with red herrings as Elijah Moshinsky's production keeps you guessing. Very smart entertainment." The Mail on Sunday

Sleuth in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 2 July 2002, opened on 10 July 2002 and closed on 8 February 2003