Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret

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

By Mark Catley

Directed by Nikolai Foster

Opera House Manchester

Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 June 2013

An original theatrical thriller full of murder, intrigue and danger arrives at the Opera House this summer when Sherlock Holmes embarks on a gripping new case in SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE BEST KEPT SECRET.

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.

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, or can Sherlock win the race against time and save them all as well as himself?

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.

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.

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 after into the West End.

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 and Above Suspicion.

Andrew Hall has recently been seen as Marc Selby on Coronation Street and other television credits include Eastenders, Doctors and Holby City, with stage credits numbering Mamma Mia and Hay fever 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, Eastenders, Ashes to Ashes, Doctors and Holby City.

Adrian Lukis’ television credits include Poirot, Bert and Dicki, Fresh Meat, Outnumbered and Silent Witness.

Other cast includes Victor McGuire who appeared as Jack Boswell in Bread and Ron in Goodnight Sweetheart as Inspector LeStrade. Andrew Langtree who played Justin Gallagher in Emmerdale and Carl Bruner in Ghost the Musical (Manchester Opera House/West End) takes on the role of The Journalist, with Kerry Peers (Brookside) who plays Mrs Peasegood and John Catteral (Emmerdale and 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), IMacbeth(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 and new E4 dramaYoungers. 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 End’s 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 and films such as The 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, Traveling Light and One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre) Lighting designer Ben Cracknell’s credits includeSouth! The 60s Musical (Arts Theatre) and Flamenco Flamedn’ka (Lyric Theatre).

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