As Sherlockians, Bob and I see as many plays about Holmes as we can. Over the years, the Dorset Theatre Festival and the Dorset Players have presented some fine Sherlockian productions, as have The Williamstown Theatre and other theatres in this area. That is not to say that we have not seen plays that have had us cringing, either because the play was inferior or the production and acting were.
Both this play and this production are among the best we have seen. Well acted and well directed, the play incorporates some set pieces from the Canon effectively. Crucial to any production are the concept and presentation of Holmes, Watson and Moriarty. If they are not right, then forget the rest. In this particular case, they are all in top form. Additionally, we have a delightful Oscar Wilde, a lovely Lily Langtry and two other appropriately menacing villains.
Having interviewed the Holmes,(Kirk Jackson) Watson (Christopher Edwards) and Lily (Jennifer Rohn) on an earlier program (see Dorset Theatre Festival 2015), it was a delight to interview the Moriarty (Brian Dykstra) and the Wilde (Oliver Wadsworth) on the first day of the play’s rehearsal. As a bonus we had a quick visit from director Margarett Perry as she gathered her actors for the rehearsal.