The Theatre Chipping Norton is set to tour the UK with Toby Hulse’s Sherlock spoof, Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles, it has been announced.
This deeply daft skit about Conan Doyle’s legendary detective will delight audiences of all ages.
Directed by Kirstie Davis, and based on an original story by David Hastings, Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles, opens at Salisbury Playhouse in September before heading on a national tour throughout autumn.
This witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s investigative pair is a fast paced, physical and raucous night at the theatre.
Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders that are sending shockwaves through London.
When the evidence points to only one possible and inconceivable conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is the world’s greatest detective prepared to believe the unbelievable?
Three actors play all the characters, with Alasdair Buchan taking on the role of Sherlock having previously performed at in Night Must Fall (Salisbury Playhouse), A Little History of The World (Watermill Theatre) and Jamie Lloyd’s Urinetown.
Ben Tolley is Dr John Watson (recently in Pinnocchio at Dukes Lancaster), and Neal Craig (who has worked extensively with Complicité) plays Mrs Husdon, Inspector Lestrade, a Cockney Chappie and Pretty Much Everyone Else.
Emily Moseley, the play’s producer said: “Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles is the most theatrical of theatre experiences.
“Actors portray two of the most famous literary characters of all time, while the third portrays the entire population of London in all of their vivid, eccentric glory.
“Playing with the idea truth and fiction, this is a classic Holmes and Watson caper, fictional characters attempting to solve a series of real murders, and that allows for all sorts of fantastic liberties to be made.”
2017 UK Tour Dates
September 12-16, Salisbury Playhouse September 19-24, The Theatre Chipping Norton September 26, Corn Exchange, Newbury September 27-28, Mercury Theatre Colchester September 29, The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford September 30, Bampton Village Hall October 2, Towngate Theatre, Basildon October 3, The Lights, Andover October 4, Roxburgh Hall, Stowe October 5, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury October 6, The Pound, Corsham October 7, Cassington Village Hall October 11-12, Lincoln Drill Hall October 13, Ramsden Memorial Hall October 14, Mollington Village Hall October 15, Steeple Aston Village Hall October 24, The Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth October 25-26, Theatre Royal Winchester October 27, Pegasus Theatre October 28, Cornerstone, Didcot November 3, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead.