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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain provides mystery, intrigue and a touch of humour at the Cambridge Arts Theatre


By Julie Collins


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain

The play stars Robert Powell as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and is on until Saturday, July 14

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark

Also featuring Liza Goddard as Mary Watson, Roy Sampson as Mycroft Holmes and Timothy Kightley as Dr Watson, this new play by award-winning dramatist Simon Reade sees Sherlock Holmes living in retirement on the south coast of England.

Tracked down by Mary Watson, wife of his former associate Dr John Watson, Holmes is faced with a new mystery to solve and old demons to face.

One of the most interesting things that struck me about the play was the way the curtain came across between every scene change, as opposed to the usual blackouts and furniture moving – a nod to the title, perhaps?

The story was set up very well and in a memorable way, with a scene involving a seance. The plot involved many twists and turns and I must say I didn’t guess what the outcome of the mystery would be.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark

All of the actors acquitted themselves well and I particularly enjoyed Roy Sampson’s brilliant portrayal of Mycroft.

My mother and I very much enjoyed the play and came away feeling that we’d witnessed an absorbing – and unpredictable – piece of theatre.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain is on until Saturday, July 14 at 7.45pm, with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain dress rehearsal in Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark

Tickets: £25-£45 (all ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee).

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