Intense drama on the stage

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A play which was turned into a film starring Michael Caine will be presented at Rugby Theatre starting on Saturday.

Sleuth runs at the venue at 7.30pm each night between Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 19 except for Sunday.

It tells the story of Andrew Wyke, the famous eccentric crime novelist. He invites Milo Tindle, the man who intends to marry his wife, to his mansion to tempt him into an offer he can’t refuse.

The play embroiders deceit, humour, cunning, treachery and murder within its sly tapestry of plot. With each man playing his own game, who will come out the victor?

It was first presented in 1970 with highly acclaimed runs on Broadway and the West End.

Its success brought with it multiple awards including the Tony award in 1971 for best play.

The play was also turned into a film in 1972 starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

Director Nathan Dowling said: “Sleuth is a brilliant play. Very tense and intricate.

“I have an absolutely wonderful cast, and I’ve had great support from the backstage team.”

Tickets for the show cost £11 and can be booked by calling the box office on 01788 541234 or by visiting