SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE
by Charles Marowitz
Aldeburgh: 11th – 16th August; Southwold: 18th – 30th August.
Director: Mark Sterling
Cast: Harry Gostelow, Clive Flint, Jill Freud, Katy Federman, Alan J. Mirren.
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle created Sherlock Holmes as long ago as 1887 so it is remarkable that this 19th Century character should be gaining new recognition in the 21st.Although the BBC television series modernized the stories (for good or ill) , the Victorian gentleman is kept alive to the cinema-going public in Guy Ritchie’s film versions. The Jeremy Brett ITV series still crops up on the lesser channels, and the Clive Merrison radio series appears often on Radio 4 Extra. In fact, more that 80 actors have portrayed Sherlock Holmes on stage and screen (and radio) since his conception. This year, Harry Gostelow joins the illustrious company as the Great Detective in our production of Sherlock’s Last Case.
The play was written in the late 1970s by Charles Marowitz – an American who was making a name for himself as Artistic Director of London’s Open Space Theatre. Originally a one-act play, it caught the attention of a Broadway producer and was developed into the existing two-act version. All the expected Holmsian elements are there: 221B Baker Street, the violin playing, the pipe smoking, the analytical mind and the sarcastic wit.
The plot involves a threat of revenge upon Holmes from the son of Professor Moriarty who blames the “Great” detective for the murder of his father at Reichenbach Falls. With endearing arrogance, Holmes ignores the warnings of his dear friend and confidante, Doctor Watson – Clive Flint in a role he was born to play – and is led into a trap where vengeance takes a completely unexpected turn! Part spoof, part tribute, Sherlock’s Last Case is all fun and mind-games!
Joining Harry and Clive are Katy Federman as Eliza Moriarty, daughter of the late criminal mastermind and with much of her father’s sly intelligence; and Jill Freud as the no-nonsense housekeeper, Mrs Hudson.
Sherlock’s Last Case is directed by Mark Sterling who directed Jill in 1984’s Blithe Spirit, part of her very first season as impresario. Mark’s recent work in Suffolk owes a lot to a love of mid-20th Century cinema: The Lady Vanishes, Green For Danger and Don’t Look Now being three such productions. His Curse Of Dracula of 2012 proves that he is not afraid of tackling monolithic Victorian characters!
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