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Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret

Posted: 02 May 2013
Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret

Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret

A theatrical thriller based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

By Mark Catley
Director: Nikolai Foster
Designer: Michael Taylor

Composer Grant Olding, Magic Consultant Scott Penrose, Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer: Mic Pool, Casting Director: kay Magson

West Yorkshire Playhouse Press Night: Thursday 23 May 2013             

An original theatrical thriller full of murder, intrigue and danger arrives on stage this summer. Sherlock Holmes, the World’s Greatest Detective embarks on a gripping new case Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret. Taking on the role of the renowned Sherlock Holmes is Jason Durr with Andrew Hall beside him as the ever trusted Watson. Adrian Lukis plays Sherlock’s methodical brother Mycroft while Tanya Franks takes on the role of the alluring Irene Adler with Victor McGuire as Inspector LeStrade. The legendary occupant of 221b Baker Street faces his greatest challenge ever in a mystery spiked with such an emotional charge that Sherlock’s faith in logic seems lost to an impenetrable world of magic.

Opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse for previews on 18 May and running until 8 June the show then tours to three venues only, Woking New Victoria Theatre, Cardiff New Theatre and Manchester Opera House before transferring  into the West End. This action-packed theatrical event based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is written by BAFTA nominated Mark Catley, directed by Nikolai Foster, designed by Michael Taylor with spectacular magic and illusions by Scott Penrose.

Two years after the Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes has lost his hunger. Refusing to take on any new cases he’s listless, bankrupt and reduced to selling the stories of his past glories. But when his brother Mycroft is arrested for treason, Holmes is jolted back into action along with Watson and the mysterious and beautiful Irene Adler. With demons of his own to fight and unsettled by feelings for the captivating Miss Adler he must battle unseen forces in a race to save Mycroft’s life. Has the deadly puzzle of The Best Kept Secret finally defeated the World’s Greatest Detective, can Sherlock win the race against time and save them all as well as himself?

Jason Durr is a television drama regular, most notably playing PC Bradley for six series of Yorkshire Televisions Heartbeat. Recent television credits include Lewis, Midsomer Murders (ITV), and Above Suspicion (La Plante Productions). Andrew Hall has recently been seen as Marc Selby on ITV’s Coronation Street, other television credits include Eastenders, Doctors and Holby City (BBC), his stage credits include Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia and Hayfever for the Peter Hall Company. Tanya Franks was nominated for best newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for her role as Karen in the BBC comedy Pulling. Other credits include Broadchurch (Kudos/ITV), Rainie in Eastenders, Ashes to Ashes, Doctors and Holby City (BBC). Adrian Lukis’ television credits include Poirot (ITV), Bert and Dicki (BBC), Fresh Meat (Objective), Outnumbered (Hat Trick) and Silent Witness (BBC). Other cast includes Victor McGuire who appeared as Jack Boswell in Bread and Ron in Goodnight Sweetheart joins the cast as Inspector LeStrade, Andrew Langtree who played Justin Gallagher in Emmerdale takes on the role of The Journalist, Kerry Peers (Brookside) plays Mrs Peasegood and John Catteral (Emmerdale & Coronation Street).

Director Nikolai Foster’s current projects include the West End production of Beautiful Thing starring Suranne Jones, a 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed play and Brecht's The Good Person of Sichuan for the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Recent work includes his smash-hit production of Annie for West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011, Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal), Macbeth (Singapore Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol and Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Award wining writer Mark Catley’s television credits include the second series of Call the Midwife (BBC) and new E4 drama Youngers. He was the series consultant on BBC1's BAFTA award winning series Casualty between 2008 and 2011, leading the core story team as well as writing multiple episodes. His stage credits include Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging, Crap Dad, Scuffer and Sunbeam Terrace for West Yorkshire Playhouse. Mark is 2012’s RTS Yorkshire Award Writer of the Year.

Michael Taylor design for The Ladykillers earned him an Olivier nomination. Other recent work includes A View From the Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, The Price and The Man Who Had All the Luck (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), All's Well That Ends Well and Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe). Scott Penrose is a magician and illusion consultant for stage, film and television. His credits include Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza, Jonathan Creek for the BBC and films such as Illusionist with Edward Norton and Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Tony Award winning sound designer Mic Pool joins the creative team, his credits include The 39 Steps (West End and Broadway) and numerous shows for West Yorkshire Playhouse. Award winning composer Grant Olding’s credits include Timon of Athens, Travelling Light and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre). Lighting designer Ben Cracknell’s credits include Shout! The 60s Musical (Arts Theatre) and Flamenco Flamen’ka (Lyric Theatre).

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