RON MOODY • LIZ ROBERTSON

DEREK WARING • JULIA SUTTON

ROGER LLEWELLYN • EILEEN BATTYE • COLIN BENNETT • ERIKA VINCENT

JAMES FRANCIS-JOHNSTON •DEREK CULLEN • JAMIE HINDE • LUKE HOPE

PAUL LOXTON • STEPHEN MATTHEWS

THE MYSTERY PLOT

Finally Sherlock Holmes gets rid of his longtime enemy Prof. Moriarty. Back in London he misses his old foe, until a day a beautiful woman arrives at his apartment asking for help. Her name is Bella and she quickly wins the friendship of Holmes and Dr. Watson. What they don’t know is that she’s in fact the daughter of Prof. Moriarty and she’s there to avenge her father. To do so she manages to get Holmes incriminated over a murder.

A GOOD OLD FASHION SHOW

What a show! Leslie Bricusse signs here his best work ever, giving us a remarkable and truly musical score. From big numbers like the rousing “London is London” (I believe this was used in the movie version of GOODBYE MR. CHIPS) and the typical British “Down the Apples ‘n Pears”, to lovely ballads like “Without Him, There Can Be No Me” and “A Million Years Ago – Or Was It Yesterday”, not forgetting the funny “Men Like You” and “Halcyon Days”. Sometimes the music recalls the classis MY FAIR LADY in style, but it’s an original in its own right.

The idea of turning the stories of Sherlock Holmes into a musical may seem a little strange (although it had been done before, BAKER STREET ), but it works wonderfully. From the thrilling beginning we know, thanks to the sets, costumes and mood of the plot, we are in for a theatre treat and we’re never disappointed.

The musical numbers by Christine Cartwright are breathtaking and the musical has several highlights: the opening number, the fabulous “ London is London ” and the funny “Down the Apples ‘n’ Pears”. A feast to all senses and a real treat for people who, like me, loves dancing shows.

 

The cast couldn’t be better. The fantastic Ron Moody is a perfect Sherlock Holmes and the marvelous Liz Robertson is the beautiful dangerous Bella Moriarty. Derek Waring gives the right support as Dr. Watson and Julia Sutton is a delicious Mrs. Hudson (Holmes’ landlady), stopping the show with the terrific “A Lousy Life”. As for the rest of the cast everyone is giving their best, with a special mention to the group of young guys who play the Baker Street Irregulars (a group who usually helps Holmes in his cases). Among them there are two that real catch our eyes: James Francis-Johnston and Derek Cullen.

Not to be missed for any reason in this or the other world.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Choreography by
Christine Cartwright

Directed by George Roman

Photos © Michael Le Poer Trench            Rated by Jorge: +++++