A missing parent, murderous plans and missing gems – super sleuth Sherlock Holmes has his work cut out for him in The Sign Of Four, Blackeyed Theatre’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel coming to Greenwich Theatre in May. I deduce you should be booking your tickets now.
Having toured the UK since autumn 2018, the hit thriller comes to Greenwich from 7 to 11 May 2019, before continuing to investigate its way around the country and then heading off to China.
When Mary Morstan arrives at Baker Street to request help following the mysterious disappearance of her father, Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson are plunged into a murky world of deception and a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels.
Adapted and directed by Nick Lane, the production combines original live music, high energy theatricality and ensemble storytelling to create a piece packed with adventure, romance, comedy and one or two rather brilliant deductions.
The Sign of Four is the second of Conan Doyle’s Holmes novels, following A Study in Scarlet, and was first published in 1890 in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. He wrote two more full-length novels about the detective, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. The other Holmes tales were short stories published in anthologies. In 2014, The Sign of Four was voted number 26 in The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels written in English.
The famous crime solver has been brought to stages and screens in many ways over the years. In fact, according to Guinness World Records, he is the ‘most portrayed movie character’, having been played by more than 70 actors in more than 200 films. Among the most famous incarnations of the detective are Basil Rathbone‘s consummate deerstalker-wearer, Jeremy Brett‘s 1980s TV Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s re-invigorating modern take on the character.
Speaking about his adaptation, Lane said: “I don’t think I know anyone over the age of ten who doesn’t know at least the name Sherlock Holmes. He is part of the literary fabric of this country – hugely popular and hugely adaptable – and his cases with Watson are a blueprint for so many crime novels, films, TV shows and theatre. We have approached this adaptation in a stylised way which will appeal to avid fans of the novel as well as those who simply want to come to the theatre and enjoy a rattling good crime story!”
In Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, Luke Barton and Joseph Derrington take on the roles of Holmes and his companion Dr Watson. Zach Lee plays Jonathan Small with Stephanie Rutherford as Mary Morstan. Christopher Glover and Ru Hamilton complete the cast as Dost Akbar and Thaddeus Sholto. In addition to playing numerous roles, the ensemble also play music composed for the production by Tristan Parkes.
The production has already collected fantastic reviews as it has travelled around the UK, being described as “Exciting and incredibly entertaining” (The Sussex Newspaper), “A masterclass in all things theatrical” (Love Shrewsbury) and “A dark, gripping stage presentation” (Shropshire What’s On).
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four runs at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES from 7 to 11 May, with performances Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm, matinee Saturday 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £21. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Blackeyed Theatre
Blackeyed Theatre is one of the UK’s leading mid-scale touring theatre companies. Since 2004 they have been producing audacious, accessible and memorable theatre. Their two guiding principles are to make fresh, challenging work and make that work sustainable by taking it to as wide and diverse and audience as possible. In recent years they have created exciting new versions of classics that are particularly relevant to today’s audiences. These include versions of Frankenstein that used puppetry to portray the Creature, The Great Gatsby with actor/musicians and a Mother Courage and her Children set in a 21st Century post-apocalyptic word.