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Sherlock Holmes...the Death and Life - Tabard

Roger Llewellyn in Sherlock Holmes...the Death and Life

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROGER Llewellyn stars in a new solo drama by David Stuart Davies, Sherlock Holmes…the Death and Life, which runs at the Tabard Theatre from Monday, November 24 to Saturday, November 29, 2008.

Arthur Conan Doyle tires of his intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes, and creates the malevolent Professor Moriarty to dispose of him. But the author’s dangerous strategy, combined with his passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has rather more bizarre and dramatic consequences than he bargains for!

Sherlock Holmes…the Death and Life is described as a fantasy; a light-hearted illustration of the battle between an author’s intentions and the rebellious personalities and ambitions of his literary creations.

Llewellyn’s first theatrical encounter with Holmes was in 1999 in a major new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. David Stuart Davies saw the play and subsequently wrote the solo drama Sherlock Holmes…the last act! specially for Llewellyn. This show premiered at The Salisbury Playhouse, won five stars at Edinburgh, was selected as one of ‘The Top Ten Fringe Plays, and toured world-wide for nine years.

Last year, Mark Makin of ‘makin projects’ offered to co-produce a second Sherlockian venture and, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the same creative team, Sherlock Holmes…the Death and Life premiered at Guildford in March 2008. Along with the last act!, it tours into the next decade.

Sherlock Holmes…the Death and Life is directed by Gareth Armstrong and has music by Simon Slater.

Tickets: £13, £11 concessions.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.

For more information call 0844 847 2264 or visit the website.