Reviewer: Simon Topping
Sherlock Holmes is fed-up. He doesn’t have a case; “It is as if all the criminals have gone abroad”, comments Watson. Boredom does not suit Holmes for he is given to experimenting on his companion’s dog and prone to slip Mrs Hudson some LSD. Well, he does if you are watching Tobacco Tea Theatre Company’s spoof of the great detective: The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Just at the point of Holmes’ lowest ebb (and when Watson’s money from the Strand Magazine articles begins to dry up; leaving him worried as to how he will pay the rent) a new case miraculously appears. The new client, Isabella Lime, seems to have an interesting conundrum for the detective, when Holmes accidentally kills her with a golf putter; leaving a high stakes, sticky situation to resolve. Nothing, however, is as it seems. Who controls the narrative? Is there a shadowy Napoleon of crime behind it all?
There are some very funny lines in the play, as the plot twists and turns throughout the night. Making Moriarty a crime novel fan-boy is a nice touch and the use of an onstage sound effects table adds a humour to the piece at various points.
The main reason to watch the show is the marvelous cast. Watson gives the fabulous comedy performance; switching between maniacal madness and clowning foolery, raising some hearty laughs in the process. The interplay between the three actors is a joy to watch at times and the physical comedy within the piece is where the show shines most.
Runs 4 June 2017 at The Warren Studio 2
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