The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes - Pleasance Islington
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
LET THEM Call It Mischief is presenting The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes at the Pleasance Islington – from February 11 to March 2, 2014.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective takes to the stage for his final case in Tim Norton’s two man show, directed by Danny Wainwright and starring Nico Lennon as Sherlock Holmes and James McGregor as Dr Watson.
It’s 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.
In a play about an ageing friendship and one last moment of glory, Norton’s interpretation asks: could one last case repair their fortunes and could the world’s greatest detective solve ‘the perfect crime’?
The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes 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 of 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. They aim to bring plays, 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 is designed by Ele Slade and has lighting by Tom Kitney.
The production is suitable for ages 11+.
Tickets: £13.50 – £10, concessions £12 – £9. To book, call the box office on 020 7609 1800 or visit www.pleasance.co.uk/.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, Sunday matinee at 5pm.
Running Time: 2 hours (including interval).