Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four tour

Monday 30 July 2018


Blackeyed Theatre, in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and South Hill Park Arts Centre, will take 'Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four' on UK tour from September 2018 to April 2019.
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four on tour

Image: Blackeyed Theatre

This autumn, Blackeyed Theatre will bring to the stage a thrilling new adaptation of The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's epic second Sherlock Holmes novel.

Adapted and directed by Nick Lane, with music composed by Tristan Parkes, this spectacular world premiere embarks on a six- month UK tour this September.

When Mary Morstan arrives at Baker Street to request help following the mysterious disappearance of her father, Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson are plunged into a murky world of deception and a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels.

Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and, of course, one or two rather brilliant deductions, this faithful adaptation will combine original live music, high energy theatricality and ensemble storytelling.

The cast

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four on tour

Cast of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

The cast features Luke Barton as Sherlock Holmes (The Unexpected Guest, Mill at Sonning; Misterman, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), Joseph Derrington as Dr John Watson (The Importance of Being Earnest, MAC Belfast; The Canterville Ghost, Erasmus Theatre), Zach Lee as Jonathan Small (Bouncers, Glass Menagerie, Hull Truck; The Derby McQueen Affair, York Theatre Royal), Stephanie Rutherford as Mary Morstan (Kubla Khan, Mirror Mirror, Oily Cart; Cinderella, Derby Theatre), Christopher Glover as Dost Akbar (Peckham The Soap Opera, Royal Court; Eastenders, BBC) and Ru Hamilton as Thaddeus Sholto (Tipping the Velvet, Lyric Hammersmith; Peter Pan, Derby Theatre).

Director Nick Lane said ...

"I don't think I know anyone over the age of ten who doesn't know at least the name Sherlock Holmes.

He is part of the literary fabric of this country - hugely popular and hugely adaptable - and his cases with Watson are a blueprint for so many crime novels, films, TV shows and theatre.

We have approached this adaptation in a stylised way which will appeal to avid fans of the novel as well as those who simply want to come to the theatre and enjoy a rattling good crime story!"

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four is produced by Blackeyed Theatre in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell and supported by Arts Council England.

About the company

Blackeyed Theatre is one of the UK's leading mid-scale touring theatre companies.

Since 2004 they have been creating exciting opportunities for artists and audiences by producing theatre that's audacious, accessible and memorable.

Blackeyed Theatre has two principal objectives through the work it produces; to provide audiences and artists with fresh, challenging work; and to make that work sustainable by reaching as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Over the past few years, Blackeyed Theatre has balanced these artistic and business objectives by creating new, exciting versions of established classics in unique ways and by identifying relevance with today's audiences.

Recent examples of this include the company's 2016/17 production of Frankenstein, which used Bunraku puppetry to portray the Creature, the 2015 production of The Great Gatsby, whose cast of seven doubled up as a 1920s jazz band, and the 2012 production of Brecht's Mother Courage And her Children, set in a post-apocalyptic world, designed to establish relevance with 21st century world events.

Recent new commissions include The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (by Nick Lane), Frankenstein and Dracula (both by John Ginman), as well as The Great Gatsby (by Stephen Sharkey), which was published by Methuen.


Sherlock Holmes - Luke Barton

Dr John Watson - Joseph Derrington

Mary Morstan - Stephanie Rutherford

Thaddeus Sholto - Ru Hamilton

Dost Akbar - Christopher Glover

Jonathan Small - Zach Lee


Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted for the stage by Nick Lane

Director - Nick Lane

Composer - Tristan Parkes

Designer - Victoria Spearing

Costume Designer - Naomi Gibbs

Lighting Designer - Claire Childs

Company Stage Manager - Caroline Sheard

Venues and Dates

Check here for full list of dates and venues

Running time: 2hrs (inc interval)

Age suitability: 11+


Blackeyed Theatre website

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Wikipedia

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