Up To The Eyes (1975)

Note: Up To The Eyes was announced in the Library Theatre’s summer 1975 brochure. However, despite tickets being sold for the play, it was pulled from the schedule in June 1976 and replaced by Hugh Mills’ Angels In Love. This page contains what details were announced of the production for historical research. Dates, company members and staging details are included to indicate what was planned for the play had it been performed.

Production Details

New Play:


Advertised opening:
Advertised closing:
Peter King

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

14 July 1975
3 September 1975

Stage Manager:
Deputy Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Alan Ayckbourn
Helga Wood

David Millard
Kevin Wood
Susan Legge
Sherlock Holmes
Lord Peter Wimsey
Philip Marlowe

Other characters unknown
Details not announced


Up To The Eyes by Peter King was announced as part of the 1975 summer season at the Library Theatre. It was listed in the summer brochure, advertised in the press and tickets had gone on sale for the new play. However, a report in the Scarborough Evening News on 11 June 1975 reported the play had been replaced by a production of Hugh Mills’ Angels In Love instead.
The premise for the play was suggested to Peter King by the theatre’s Artistic Director Alan Ayckbourn with the idea of the fictional detectives Lord Peter Wimsey, Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes all trying to solve the same case.
When the final script was given to Alan Ayckbourn, it included songs and Holmes’ confident Doctor Watson doing a clog dance to an accordion! Just a month before rehearsals, The Scarborough Evening News reported the play had been withdrawn following an 'amicable agreement' between Alan Ayckbourn and Peter King as the finished script had not been what the theatre expected.
The play did go onto find a life outside Scarborough though - with a change of title as Dead Eyed Dicks - with a major production starring Peter O’Toole as the three detectives with John Standing as Watson; the play opened at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, before going on a major Australian tour.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust