Blackeyed Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear

After delighting audiences around the world with its international tour of The Sign of Four, Blackeyed Theatre will now bring The Valley of Fear, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling final Sherlock Holmes novel, to Greenwich Theatre from September 21-24 in an electric new stage adaptation.

James Haddrell, artistic and executive director of Greenwich Theatre

This gripping world premiere is full of mystery and adventure, and combines original music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling for an unforgettable experience.

A mysterious, coded message is received, a warning of imminent danger, drawing Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr Watson into a tale of intrigue and murder stretching from 221B Baker Street to an ancient, moated manor house to the bleak Pennsylvanian Vermissa Valley.

Faced with a trail of bewildering clues, Holmes begins to unearth a darker, wider web of corruption, a secret society and the sinister work of one Professor Moriarty.

Adapted by Nick Lane and with original music composed by Tristan Parkes, The Valley of Fear sees Luke Barton and Joseph Derrington, who played Holmes and Watson respectively in The Sign Of Four, reprise their critically-acclaimed roles as the iconic duo.

The cast also includes Blake Kubena as Jack McMurdo and Detective White-Mason, Gavin Molloy as Jack McGinty, Cecil Barker, Inspector McDonald and Moriarty, and Alice Osmanksi as Ettie Shafter, Mrs Hudson, Ivy Douglas and Captain Marvin.

Writer/director Nick Lane said, “Of all Holmes’ canon, The Valley of Fear isn’t a story I’ve ever seen brought to the stage – possibly because it’s two tales in one, almost – part of it taking place in England, another part in the US.

The thrill for me, being a huge fan of crime fiction on both sides of the Atlantic, was in exploring the different tones of the two narratives; points where they mirror one another, points where they diverge… It was a challenge, but an exciting one.

“We’ll be working with choreographers and fight directors as well as a composer to create something thrilling and visceral. Thematically, both stories explore loyalty – but to say more about that might give away a twist I’m keen to keep to myself.”

As part of Blackeyed Theatre’s aim to make theatre more accessible to wider audiences, Sherlock Holmes: The Valley Of Fear will also be available to stream online worldwide from October.

This blended theatre provision will support Blackeyed Theatre’s commitment to education and young people, as online access to the digital capture will be included for school groups booking to see the play in-person.

Tickets:  Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear – Greenwich Theatre


Picture: The cast in The Valley of Fear – Picture: Blackeyed Theatre

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