- (written as Sleuth)An ingenious two-act thriller by Antony Shaffer (1926 - 2001),twin brother of the playwright Peter Shaffer. After openingin 1970 at London's St Martin's Theatre it transferred to the Garrickand Fortune for a total run of 2359 performances. It also ran for1222 performances on Broadway. The 1973 film version brought togetherLaurence Olivier (then 65) and Michael Caine. Olivier was paid $200,000,his highest-ever single fee, for the performance.
The plot introduces Andrew Wyke, a successful writer of detectivefiction who lives in a remote manor house in Wiltshire. When his wife'slover, Milo Tindle, visits, the two begin a series of dangerous psychologicalgames, which escalate out of control towards a violent denouement.