Sherlock Holmes…the last act plays at the Tabard Theatre

Roger Llewellyn

Award-winning Roger Llewellyn performs his critically acclaimed production Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick, London for one week only betweeen 24 November – 28 November 2009.

Written by Conan Doyle expert David Stuart Davies and directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong, Sherlock Holmes – The Last Act has toured successfully for ten years with over 600 performances in 450 venues.

It shows the man behind the myth, exposing the great detective’s fears and weaknesses, the devastating consequences of the dramas of his formative years, and, unexpectedly, his cutting sense of humour. It is 1916. Drawn from two years Sussex retirement for the funeral of his friend, Dr Watson, Holmes returns to Baker Street to resolve ‘the last act’ of his epic career.

A theatrical evening then unfolds, with fourteen characters, all played by Roger Llewellyn.

Cross-examinations, heated arguments between Holmes and Watson, and all manner of comic and serious interactions, between many famous Conan Doyle characters, develop the evening’s drama.

Actor Roger Llewellyn has had an extensive career: Shakespeare, in Stratford and London, leading roles in many major regional theatres, musicals in the West End and an impressive list of television work, including Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse, The Bill, Casualty, Lifeboat and many more.

Roger says: “A warning: anyone expecting a dry, historical treatise will be disappointed – it is certainly well-researched, but it is also a very human piece of work and highly entertaining”.

Playwright David Stuart Davies has studied Conan Doyle’s writing since his university thesis on Sherlock Holmes in 1977. He has written several Sherlock Holmes novels and plays and is respected as an international authority on the subject. He is editor of The Sherlock Holmes Gazette.

David has spent decades sifting through Conan Doyle’s work, piecing together clues about the private persona of Sherlock Holmes. He has built up a detailed and intimate knowledge of the man behind the myth, notably revealing his acerbic sense of humour.

Sherlock Holmes…the last act plays at the Tabard Theatre between Tuesday 24 November – Saturday 28 November 7:30pm (3pm Sat Matinee). Tickets priced £14/12. Tickets available from www.tabardtheatre.co.uk or 08448 472264.

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