Monday, February 9, 2015

4 March - Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer

We had a record-breaking turn out last week, with 14 of us gathering to read Blithe Spirit.  We were delighted to welcome two new members: Ryoko and Charlotte, and hope that they enjoyed their afternoon.

Our next play will be Sleuth, a 1970 play written by Anthony Shaffer.

This choice follows on from our readings of Deathtrap and Then There Were None last year, and we will round up our current look at murder mysteries by reading Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound in April.

Sleuth is set in the manor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. Wyke's home reflects his obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and game-playing. He lures his wife's lover, Milo Tindle, to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewellery, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke's imagination ends and reality begins.  It will be particularly interesting to compare this play with Deathtrap.
According to Wikipedia, Shaffer said the play was partially inspired by one of his friends, composer Stephen Sondheim, whose intense interest in game-playing is mirrored by the character of Wyke.

The play has been adapted into film.  In 1972 starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, in 2007 by Kenneth Branagh starring err.... Michael Caine and Jude Law (with Caine changing role) and as the Urdu film Tamanna in 2014.

And now ... Spot The Difference!

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