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Hound of the Baskervilles – Northern Stage, Newastle

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptation: Douglas Maxwell Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Chris Collett Last year Northern Stage’s new actor programme North produced a compelling studio production of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds, which convincingly conjured an alien invasion through simple storytelling. This year it has replicated that success with a fast-paced version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s best-known Sherlock ...

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Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Simon Reade after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Sherlock Holmes has been revived and re-imagined so many times finding a new twist must be a challenge. For Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain writer Simon Reade steps outside fiction to take inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s real-life belief in spiritualism. However, bearing in mind the very flat ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – New Theatre, Cardiff

Play by Simon Reade, after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This new production from the estimable Theatre Royal Bath brings together two experienced actors who have performed together many times over the years:  Robert Powell, who, at the age of 74 is still remembered for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the 1977 Franco ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Gareth Davies If restless spirits are detected around Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this week, they could reasonably be ascribed to the tormented soul of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gyrating in his grave in horror at this latest incarnation of his literary creation. Taking Doyle’s famous infatuation was spiritualism towards the end of his life ...

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Raffles: ­The Mystery of the Murdered Thief ­- Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer and Director: John Goodrun Reviewer: May Mellstrom ‘Gentleman thief’ Arthur J. Raffles was introduced in a collection of short stories by E. W. Hornung in the late Victorian period, not long after the world first became acquainted with the work of Hornung’s brother-­in-­law, Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Although Raffles has not matched the continued ...

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Move Over Moriarty – Sale Waterside Arts

Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding in Move Over Moriarty for Lipservice

Writer: Maggie Fox &Sue Ryding Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Donna Kelly Following the success of Inspector Norse and Withering Looks, satirical comedy duo LipService return as Holmes and Watson in a reprisal of their cult classic Move Over Moriarty. Written by Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, Move Over Moriarty follows super sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his dim sidekick John Watson ...

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Colin Cloud: Forensic Mind Reader – The Pyramid, Warrington

Reviewer: Matt Forrest If Sherlock Holmes were alive today what would he look like? I’m sure the first thing that comes into most people’s head would be the image of Benedict Cumberbatch. However if you were thinking a well suited spike-haired Scotsman, you would be nearer the truth. Colin Cloud makes no bones of his love for Sir Arthur Conan ...

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Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Brian Clemens Director: Patric Kearns Reviewer: Mark Clegg Remember the film Murder by Decree where Christopher Plummer plays fictional Sherlock Holmes investigating the real-life Whitechapel Murders? Well Brian Clemens certainly seemed to remember it when putting pen to paper for this, the latest play from the prolific Talking Scarlet productions. As with many other dramatic interpretations of the Ripper ...

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