In this show, the actors that created Potted Potter, try to squeeze all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 Sherlock Holmes stories into just 80 minutes, including “The Sign of Four”, “A Study in Scarlet” and “The Speckled Band”.
The second I walked into the theatre I started to laugh because what I saw was a weird picture with googly eyes and a moveable chin! I think the set was great and it really set the scene of 221B Baker Street.
When I watched this production, there were some things I liked and some things which I didn’t. Firstly, I thought the costumes were hilarious, especially those of the bee and Sherlock Holmes’ arch enemy Professor Moriarty. The actors also used a the clever trick of alternating the characters by swapping hats around between them at high speed – Holmes’ deerstalker, Watson’s bowler hat and Mrs Hudson, the housekeeper’s maid’s hat. It was very funny and they were all very flexible in the different parts that they could play. In this production, I think that Holmes was much more likeable than Arthur Conan Doyle’s original character, because he’s funny and silly and Watson is the smart one! The sound effects were brilliant, especially the hound from “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.
I wish that when the actors were singing or speaking the stories, it could have been a little clearer, but all in all it was an amazing production.
- Written by Daniel Clarkson and Tom Clarkson
- Directed by Hanna Berrigan
- Cast: Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and Lizzie Wort
- Vaudeville Theatre, London
- Until 11th January 2015
- Review by Juliet Taub
- 17 December 2014