Anthony Shaffer's modern classic thriller Sleuth, has been extended at the Apollo Theatre and is now taking bookings to 22nd Feb 2003.

Directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Sleuth features Peter Bowles, Gary O'brien, Seamus Dobony, James Forge and Matthew Knott

This new booking period comes as a surprise as the show received mixed notices from the popular press when it opened a few weeks ago and sales do not appear to be too good! THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, " The play still holds its own, but this should be an evening of fire and ice, fear and loathing; here, it's a rather tepid affair." THE DAILY MAIL says, "Fine revival." THE GUARDIAN says, "Bowles and O'Brien don't spark one another off." THE TIMES says, "Whodunnit still thrills 30 years on." THE INDEPENDENT says, "This tit-for-tat rapier fight rarely loses pace and never gives itself away." TIME OUT says, "Director Elijah Moshinsky...lacks the cruel sense of fun needed to bring out the humour and violence of the writing." ALEKS SIERZ for THE STAGE says, "An undemanding piece of boulevard theatre that is unlikely to appeal to anyone except inveterate cultural nostalgics."

Sleuth was first presented in the West End and on Broadway in 1970. It ran for 8 years in London and 4 years in New York.

A devious, middle aged thriller writer invites an innocent young man to his secluded country home for a talk over drinks. But this is no cosy fireside chat and the two men embark on a series of life and death games within games. In the ensuing mayhem the damp ridden Manor House becomes a prison with only one way out. It's the rules of terror and not tennis that dominate the genteel country setting. This is a thriller about thrillers: a dark psychological drama and study of sexual conflict and jealously that goes beyond the bounds of a whodunnit.


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