Arthur Conan Doyle’s exciting thriller “Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band” keeps the audience enthralled from start to finish and is the second play in the Genesian Theatre’s 2018 season.
The Australian premiere of British playwright Max Gee’s adaption, which remains faithful to the original spine tingling short story from Conan Doyle, is directed by Tom Massey and features a cast of talented actors, headed by Chris Butel as Sherlock Holmes and Kieran Gilkes as his sidekick, Dr Watson.
Trying to solve the mystery by following the clues is too easy. To succeed in picking the guilty person, the audience must get inside Sherlock Holmes’ mind to guess “who dunnit”, before the master detective makes his announcement.
The action begins when a young woman tragically dies on the eve of her wedding, under mysterious circumstances. No reason for her death is ever discovered, but a heavy metallic clang and low whistle are heard.
Time goes by and the victim’s distraught twin sister is organising her own wedding, but late one night, she hears a low whistle in the dark. Enter Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 12 May 2018. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.
Writer: Sandra Tiltman Photos: Craig O Regan