Peter Egan and Robert Daws will star as Holmes and Watson in “THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” by Jeremy Paul, which will open in London a the Duchess Theatre for a limited eight-week season on Tuesday 20 July, following previews from 15 July.
“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” takes us on a thrilling journey into the mind of the greatest detective of all time. Following a seemingly deadly encounter with his nemesis, arch criminal Professor Moriarty, at Reichenbach Falls, secrets and betrayal are slowly revealed. Watson finds his loyalty and friendship tested to the very limit. Holmes is forced to turn his unswerving powers of deduction upon himself, and the true relationship between Holmes and Moriarty is finally revealed.
“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” was first performed in the West End in 1988 by Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwick, reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson from the popular TV series “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, adapted from the Conan Doyle books by Jeremy Paul. “THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” is an original work by Jeremy Paul and he believes he has the blessing of Conan Doyle himself for writing the play: “When the American actor William Gillette wrote the first stage play about Holmes, he sent a telegram to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking: ‘May I marry Holmes?’ Conan Doyle wired back: ‘Marry him or murder him or do what you like with him.’… Many of the words you will hear are Conan Doyle’s own, taken on and fashioned into an original mystery which I hope will intrigue Conan Doyle himself if he’s looking in.”
BAFTA award-winning Peter Egan has been a familiar face on our screens since 1967. On stage, he has appeared in “Hamlet”, “Richard II”, “Journey’s End”, “Art” and “Noises Off”. In 1991, he directed and co-starred as ‘Astrov’ with Richard Briers in “Uncle Vanya”. Robert Daws is best known for his TV roles in “The Royal”, “Roger Roger”, “Outside Edge” and “Jeeves & Wooster”. His most recent West End theatre appearances include “Public Property” at the Trafalgar Studios and “Caught in the Net” at the Vaudeville.
“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” is directed in the West End by Robin Herford, the original director of the long-running West End hit “Woman in Black”, with design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Matthew Eagland and sound by Matthew Bugg, who has also written the original music.