Sleuth at Grand Opera House York from Monday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2024.
This show has an interval
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30
Sleuth is a 1970 play written by Anthony Shaffer. It tells the story of Andrew Wyke, a successful mystery writer, and Milo Tindle, his wife’s lover. Wyke lures Tindle to his manor house and proposes a game: Tindle will stage a fake robbery of Wyke’s wife’s jewelry, and Wyke will pay him a large sum of money. However, things quickly go off script, and the two men find themselves engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The play is a suspenseful thriller that twists and turns, keeping the audience guessing until the very end. It is also a meditation on the nature of reality and illusion, and the power of games and gamesmanship.
Sleuth was a critical and commercial success, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 1971. It has been adapted into two films, in 1972 and 2007. The play is still performed regularly today, and is considered to be one of the greatest mystery plays ever written.
Here are some of the key themes of the play:
The nature of reality and illusion: The play explores the idea that reality is not always what it seems. Wyke is a master of deception, and he uses his skills to manipulate Tindle and the audience.
The power of games and gamesmanship: Wyke is obsessed with games, and he sees life itself as a game. He uses games to control and exploit others.
The relationship between art and life: Wyke is a mystery writer, and he often blurs the lines between fiction and reality. The play explores the idea that art can be used to create new realities, or to manipulate existing ones.
Sleuth is a complex and thought-provoking play that rewards multiple viewings. It is a must-see for fans of mystery, thriller, and suspense.
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