Ian Ogilvy (pictured) and Jonathan Kerrigan will head the West End revival of Anthony Shaffer's thriller Sleuth. From 2 December 2002, they star for a ten-week season at the Apollo Theatre, taking over from original stars Peter Bowles and Gray O'Brien who will leave on 30 November 2002.

Sleuth opened at the Apollo on 10 July 2002 (previews from 3 July), following a brief regional run. Twice extended in the West End, it's now booking into February 2003.

In Shaffer's whodunit, famous mystery writer Andrew Wyke (Ogilvy) becomes wrapped up in some real-life gamesmanship with his handsome new neighbour Milo Tindle (Kerrigan), who has designs on his wife. As fiction blurs with reality, the two act out their ingenious detective plots on one another.

The original 1970 production of Sleuth was a success on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1972, it was made into a major film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

Ian Ogilvy is best known as Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. His other screen credits include: on film, Waterloo, The Sorcerers, Witchfinder General, Wuthering Heights, Stranger in the House, No Sex Please We're British!, The Day the Fish Came Out and Death Becomes Her; and on American television, Murder She Wrote, Dharma and Greg, Murphy Brown, Diagnosis Murder and Baywatch. Amongst his previous West End credits are Three Sisters, Rookery Nook, The Millionairess, Waltz of the Toreadors, The Common Pursuit, Run for Your Wife and Design for Living.

Kerrigan can currently be seen in Merseybeat, while his other television credits include Casualty, Dinner of Herbs, The Knock, Reach to the Moon, Peak Practice and Byker Grove. Sleuth is directed by Elijah Moshinsky and designed by Paul Farnsworth, with lighting by Nick Richings and sound by Simon Whitehorn. It is produced by Bill Kenwright.

- by Terri Paddock