- Sleuth (play)
name = Sleuth
characters = Milo Tindle
Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Police Constable Higgs
setting = A manor house in Wiltshire, England
9 November, 1970
Music Box Theatre
orig_lang = English
genre = Mystery, Thriller
ibdb_id = 8093__NOTOC__"Sleuth" is a 1970 play written by
Anthony Shaffer. The play is set in the Wiltshire, Englandmanor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. His home reflects Wyke's obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and game-playing. He lures his wife's lover, Milo Tindle, to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke's imagination ends and reality begins.
Shaffer said the play was partially inspired by one of his friends, composer
Stephen Sondheim, whose intense interest in games-playing is mirrored by the character of Wyke.
The play's first production, starring
Anthony Quayleand Keith Baxter, was at London's Ambassadors Theatre.
In 1972, Schaeffer adapted his play for film, directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Laurence Olivierand Michael Caine. Another film adaptation was released in 2007 with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. The 2007 film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Michael Caineand Jude Lawas Milo Tindle, originally played by Caine in the 1972 version.
Awards and nominations
*Tony Award for Best Play
Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding Performance - Anthony Quayle and Keith Baxter;Nominations
*Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play - Clifford Williams
*Tony Award for Best Lighting Design - William Ritman
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