The game’s afoot. Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles to tour

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.

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