The thrill is in the telling ... The Sign Of Four comes to Atkinson
THIS autumn, Blackeyed Theatre returns to Southport with a new adaptation of The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Holmes novel.
Adapted and directed by Nick Lane, with music composed by Tristan Parkes, the world premiere embarks on a sixmonth UK tour this month.
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.
Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and – of course – one or two rather brilliant deductions, this faithful adapta- tion will combine original live music, high energy theatricality and ensemble storytelling.
The cast features Luke Barton as Sherlock Holmes, Joseph Derrington as Dr John Watson, Zach Lee as Jonathan Small, Stephanie Rutherford as Mary Morstan, Christopher Glover as Dost Akbar and Ru Hamilton as Thaddeus Sholto.
Director Nick Lane said: “I don’t think I know anyone over the age of 10 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.”
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four is produced by Blackeyed Theatre in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell and supported by Arts Council England.
The play comes to The Atkinson on October 19-20.
This performance is recommended for age 11+ and the running time is approximately two hours.
For more details and tickets, go to www.the atkinson.co.uk or call the box office on 01704 53333
Tickets are priced at £16.50/£14.50 concessions/£12 children (under 16). All matinee tickets are £14 and there is a £1 booking fee per ticket online/ phone.