Sherlock Holmes – the last act
24 - 28 November 2009
By David Stuart Davies
Original music by Simon Slater
Roger Llewellyn in Sherlock Holmes…the last act
The World’s Greatest Detective confronts the most complex case – his own psyche!
After a triumphant season at the Tabard Theatre last November, Roger returns with a very different play… Sherlock Holmes…the last act!
It is 1916. Drawn from 2 year’s Sussex retirement for the funeral of his friend, Dr. Watson, Holmes returns to Baker Street to resolve ‘the last act’ of his epic career.
The play explores the mind of the real man – not the thinking machine. An unexpectedly passionate and secretive man, with a cutting sense of humour.
Stripping away the infamous clinical façade, Holmes reveals fears & weaknesses, and the devastating consequences of the dramas of his formative years. The whole being ‘deduced ‘ from the ‘clues’ in Conan Doyle’s stories.
‘Roger seems born to play the part, commanding the stage alone while playing to the audience and unseen characters with humour and panache’
– Living in Surrey
‘This is a truly great production, a wonderfully written, beautifully directed play that perfectly hits the mark that lies between the play of ideas and the play of entertainment’
– Brighton Magazine
5 stars at Edinburgh and selection as one of “The Top Ten Fringe Plays”.
Over 500 performances in 350 venues around the world! London: Cockpit Theatre, Jermyn St, Tabard; New York City; Detroit; New York State: 5 weeks; Canada: 8 weeks; Hong Kong; Bangkok; Riyad; Italy; France; Singapore; Ireland; Scotland; Malta.. and the final Atlantic crossing of QE2!
Roger Llewellyn won the Shakespeare Prize at RADA and has had a long career in regional theatre, television, the West End, and repeat seasons with the RSC.
“…the last act!” was created for him by David Stuart Davies, a writer specialising in Conan Doyle’s work. The Director, Gareth Armstrong, completed a 10yr world tour of his own multi-award-winning solo show: Shylock. Atmospheric Lighting; and a thrilling, original score from RSC composer, Simon Slater, contribute to a ‘Memorable, Moving, and Intensely Theatrical Experience’.