An award winning play, by Andrew Shaffer, has been performed all over the world, including Broadway and London’s West End since it was first debuted at the Royal Theatre in Brighton in 1970. It has won many awards, including a Tony for Best Play and spawned three different film adaptations, including the first one in 1972 with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine so I was really looking forward to it.

It’s difficult play to review this without spoilers, as the action twists and turns and has the audience on it’s toes trying to work out what is and isn’t real.

The first scene opens with Andrew, a famous, rich author, amusing himself in his extravagantly panelled mansion. While this was based in the 1970s, his character is still holds firmly to the golden age of detective writing with his clothing, his voice and demeaner.

I had purposely avoided write ups on the play before hand as I love going into a show or film blind. It really adds to my enjoyment.

I can tell you it’s a battle of wits, with actors Neill McDermot playing Milo, Lee Peck playing Andrew Wyke as a last minute replacement. They were both magnificent in their delivery of a rapid fire script. The plot twists and turns and they play games back and forth in a dizzying exchange.

During the interval, the conversations were all about what might happen next as we were left with a real cliffhanger. There were those who had seen it before and were keeping schtum, and the rest of us trying to imagine what could possibly happen in the second half!

We weren’t disappointed, the second half was a beautiful battle of wits that was also a battle of class with an unpredictable and very clever outcome.

Pay attention the script is tight, witty, and deliciously sardonic.

Mon 4th March 2024 – Sat 9th March 2024
Wed & Sat matinee: 2.30pm

Run time: Approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including interval.

Location: Devonshire Park Theatre
8-10 Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BW


01323 412000