Last week saw the first production of The Show Must Go Online, a series devised by Rob Myles (who Mind the Blog regulars will recognise from Merely Theatre’s Twelfth Night and his insight into Shakespeare dramaturgy) which will bring a different Shakespeare play to YouTube each week with a rotating cast of actors.
Nick Lane’s bright and breezy adaptation of Conan Doyle’s oft adapted Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of Four gives the frustrated Sherlockian everything they could ask for in an evening.
The Sign of Four is fast-paced family fun, a great piece of storytelling with a little bit of everything: mystery, comedy, romance (and bromance), and even a bit of a history lesson.
Sherlock Holmes is back on stage in a thrilling new adaptation of The Sign of Four that takes audiences from the heat of India and the height of the British Raj to the foggy streets of London and the murky Thames.
There are no overblown performances or histrionics in The Unexpected Guest, but, instead a pacey and engaging thriller with terrific turns by the entire ensemble.
Expertly directed by Brian Blessed, this charming quintessentially British murder mystery is a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.