The Secret Of Sherlock Holmes

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Previewed 15 July 2010, Opened 20 July 2010, Closed 11 September 2010 at the Duchess Theatre in London.

A major revival of Jeremy Paul's thriller The Secret Of Sherlock Holmes in London starring Peter Egan and Robert Daws.

You cannot have Watson without Moriarty. You cannot have Moriarty without Watson. And without both of them, there is no Holmes. The Secret of Sherlock Holmes is a journey into the mind of Sherlock Holmes and his relationships with the two most significant people in his life - his greatest friend, Dr Watson, and his deadly enemy, Professor Moriarty. Through his friendship with Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes reveals his driving forces and ambitions but also exposes his demons and fears. Dr Watson discovers that behind the greatest detective mind of all time there is, after all, a heart. Following Sherlock Holmes' most infamous encounter with his nemesis Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, Dr Watson's loyalty and friendship are tested to the very limit and Sherlock Holmes comes to understand his own complicated nature and deep need for friendship.

The cast for The Secret of Sherlock Holmes in London stars Peter Egan as 'Sherlock Holmes' and Robert Daws as 'Dr Watson'. Directed by Robin Herford. This production comes into London's West End following a short regional tour which starred Peter Egan as 'Sherlock Holmes' and Philip Franks as Dr Watson'. Robin Herford's West End credits include directing the long-running play The Woman in Black.

"In Jeremy Paul's two-hander, Peter Egan plays Holmes sweltering in a heavy paisley dressing gown. He shares his pokey lair on Baker Street with skulls, sabres and Robert Daws's long-suffering and slow-witted Watson... The big mystery surrounding this show is why, instead of writing a juicy whodunit for the pair to solve, Paul has attempted to get inside Holmes's head and reveal the secrets within. Holmes puts his 'cold and unemotional' nature down to having an unhappy mother, a vicious nurse and a father who didn't speak to him until he was 12, which we all probably deduced for ourselves years ago. There's little else gripping going on except for a brief scene in which Holmes meets his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, at the Reichenbach Falls, which is rather neatly evoked with lots of billowing dry ice. The best moment is when Watson asks Holmes to describe the character of the previous owner of his pocket watch, which puts him amusingly through his observational paces. Otherwise, Egan has to perform a bit of baritsu, which looks as silly as t'ai chi, and say such things as: 'I passed through Persia, looked in to Mecca.' Not surprisingly, he can't stop himself from sending up Holmes, which is rather amusing and suggests that the whole thing might have been better as a spoof. As it is, it is tediously elementary." The Mail on Sunday

"What Jeremy Paul has written amounts to un hommage to the books. There is a lot more of Peter Cushing's cold obsessiveness to Peter Egan's Holmes than Benedict Cumberbatch's lusty grandstander, and it is all the more faithful and welcome for that. Robert Daws is no bumbling, slow-witted Nigel Bruce or Andre Morell as Watson, but a sensitive and intelligent man with whom one could readily imagine Holmes wishing to consort. There is a splendidly atmospheric recreation of 221b Baker Street by the designer Simon Higlett, some bracing sound design and music by Matthew Bugg, and, as for the director Robin Herford, he extracts every last ounce of atmosphere out of his limited budget in the tradition of all the great Hammer horror films. It all puts the grand into Holmes's guignol." The Sunday Telegraph

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some four novels and 56 short stories featuring the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes who lived at 221B Baker Street, London. Jeremy Paul' stage adaptation The Secret of Sherlock Holmes was originally seen in 1988 at the Wyndham's Theatre where it enjoyed a run of 12 months.

The Secret Of Sherlock Holmes in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 15 July 2010, opened on 20 July 2010 and closed on 11 September 2010.