Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer at Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Nottingham Playhouse is proud to present Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth, a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse 


The ultimate game of cat and mouse, Sleuth is a Tony award-winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer where nothing is quite as it seems.

Andrew Wyke is a rich and successful mystery writer whose obsession with playing games is in danger of losing him everything. Luring his wife’s lover Milo to his country pile, Andrew persuades him to take part in a specially created challenge. Before long their power struggle descends into a sinister and deadly duel of wits, where nothing is off limits. Investigating a Missing Person, Inspector Doppler attempts to untangle fact from fiction, deception from truth and murderer from victim.

In Sleuth, Shaffer creates one of the most witty, suspenseful and ingenious plays of the 20th century. This production stars James Alexandrou as Milo (Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s Globe, Silent Witness and EastEnders – BBC) and Miles Richardson as Andrew Wyke (The Invisible Man – Harold Pinter Theatre, Doctor Who – BBC and Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Warner Bros). Sleuth marks James’ return to Nottingham Playhouse where he first performed in the 2008 production, All Quiet on the Western Front.

giles croft

Director, Giles Croft said: “I’m delighted to be directing Sleuth, it’s a play that has always intrigued and fascinated me and I have long wanted to direct it. I can’t think of a play more suited to the opening of a season of revenge dramas at Nottingham Playhouse; it’s the most thrilling, funny, and surprising of shows and I‘m really looking forward to staging it Nottingham and then Leeds.”

West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director, James Brining said:  “Sleuth is a Tony award-winning classic thriller which is ripe for a revival in Yorkshire. It holds the audience in an increasingly tense grip, as the friendly rivalry between Andrew and Milo becomes decidedly unfriendly. We heartily welcome back Director Giles Croft, whose last production of The Kite Runner proved so popular when it came to Leeds.”

Sleuth runs at Nottingham Playhouse 9-24 September and then at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 28 Sep-15 Oct.

Nottingham Playhouse Box Office, 0115 941 9419 or

West Yorkshire Playhouse Box Office, 0113 213 7700, or

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