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The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes at Pleasance Theatre

Let Them Call It MischiefLet Them Call It Mischief presents: The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective takes to the stage for his final case in 1930s London
1930 and all is not well at 221b Baker Street. Holmes’ last triumph is long behind him and, with no challenge to engage his still keen intellect, his fondness of drugs has taken its toll. Watson has resorted to selling stories of old cases to make ends meet as he tries to find a distraction for his friend’s boundless energy.  Could one last case repair their fortunes? Could the world’s greatest detective solve ‘the perfect crime’? A play about an ageing friendship and one last moment of glory, Tim Norton’s interpretation sees Arthur Conan Doyle’s much loved characters tackle their final case.

Tim Norton’s two man show first appeared at the Pleasance in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival 1987, where Norton played Holmes and Peter Hilton played Watson. Norton later won a Fringe First Award for his play The Pierglass in 1994.

Director Danny Wainwright said “I’ve been a big fan if Sherlock Holmes for a long time and have known Tim for years. The opportunity to bring his story to the stage was one that I had to jump at. Holmes’ popularity is unabating with the recent BBC series and Elementary in the States; this production is much closer to the original material in terms of style, but with a couple of great twists that no one will be expecting. We don’t look to create naturalism or reality on stage; we have no interest in building or keeping that fourth wall, but rather give an audience an experience of theatre that they can’t get watching the telly.

Director of the Pleasance Anthony Alderson said “As we approach our 30th anniversary, we are delighted to delve into the archive and present a play that first appeared at the Pleasance in 1987. Tim Norton’s play is a timeless piece of writing about a much celebrated character.

Let Them Call It Mischief was founded in 2012 by Danny Wainwright, Flo Buckeridge, Stephanie Hampton and Tessa Gillett. There aim is to bring plays, and often forgotten plays about London, back to a London audience, bringing out the mischief and comedy in the texts and making them fresh and relevant. Their previous productions include The Alchemist and The London Cuckolds.

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes
Written by Tim Norton, Directed by Danny Wainwright, Designed by Ele Slade  and Lighting Design by Tom Kitney
Cast: Sherlock Holmes – Nico Lennon, Dr Watson – James McGregor

Running Time: 2 hours (including interval) and Suitable for 11+
Pleasance Theatre Islington, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
11th February to 2nd March, Tues-Sat, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Saturday matinee, 5.00pm Sunday matinee
£13.50-£10 (concs £12-£9)
Telephone 020 7609 1800

Tuesday 21st January 2014


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