Sleuth
by Anthony Shaffer
20th - 28th January 2006
~ Directed by Barry Lee ~

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Sleuth is both a classic thriller and a parody of the genre; it has so many twists and turns it is difficult to summarise the plot without spoiling it! Suffice to say, one of the protagonists, Andrew Wyke, is actually a thriller writer himself and he plans to inflict revenge on his wife's lover, Milo Tindle.

The play explores the jealousy between an older and a younger man, and the suspense keeps you guessing right up to the final curtain. This intriguing whodunit (or rather who-done-what!) has thrilled and delighted audiences the world over since it was first presented in 1970.

Sleuth was a triumph on Broadway as well as in London, and in 1972 was turned into a successful film, from Shaffer's own screenplay. A former barrister, Shaffer also wrote some other notable screenplays, including The Wicker Man, Death On The Nile and Evil Under The Sun. He is the twin brother of equally celebrated playright, Peter Shaffer.

Barry Lee is one of CoPs most experienced directors, having directed more plays for The Company than anyone else. His last plays were Peggy For You (2003) and The Mysterious Mr.Love (2004).

Cast
Ray NewtonAndrew Wyke
Chris JanesMilo Tindle
Norma TealeInspector Dopple
Andy KirtleyDetective Sgt.Tarrant
Andrew LeePC Higgs
Crew
Andy KirtleyStage Manager
Louise KemplenAsst.Stage Manager
David WilkinsonAsst.Stage Manager
Ken AllfordLighting
Andy WhymentLighting
Tony MasonSound
Maggie BoxPrompt
Shelagh MaughanWardrobe
Claire HallProps & Stage Dressing
Christine McKinvenProps & Stage Dressing