The thrill is in the telling ... The Sign Of Four comes to Atkin­son

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

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 atkin­ 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.

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