You’re Invited! “Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood” — Meet Our Holmes and Watson
Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about our new Sherlock Holmes play-reading series in Los Angeles, “Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood.” If you’re a Sherlockian in the L.A. area, we invite you to join us this Saturday, March 23 for the first play in the series, “The Speckled Band,” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.
Meet our Holmes and Watson! On the right, Rob Arbogast (Holmes), who has appeared in such films as “The Prestige” and has guested on TV’s “Castle,” “NCIS” and much more, as well as being very active on the L.A. theater scene. On the left, Michael Matthys (Watson), who’s done TV from “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Buffy” and is an avid theater actor.
I went to a table reading last night, led by our superb director Robert Mammana, and was blown away by this entire wonderful cast. I think you have a real treat in store!
And if you think you know “The Speckled Band,” it’s fascinating to discover that ACD rewrote it pretty significantly to be more exciting on the stage. (It worked - his play was a big hit in London and New York in 1910.) All will be illuminated by our host and the curator of the series, eminent Sherlock Holmes scholar Leslie S. Klinger, BSI, who will introduce the play and show photos from the original 1910 production.
This event is a private party (for insurance purposes), but you can receive an invitation upon registering. Admission is free, but a $20 donation is suggested (profits will be donated to a Sherlockian cause…). The venue is a gorgeous small performance hall in a private residence in L.A. (location given with your registration). A limited number of seats are still available — but they’re going fast, so please act now! Visit www.sherlockholmesinbrentwood.com for more info and to register!
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Los Angeles-area Sherlock Holmes fans: Please join us for a NEW play-reading series, “Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood” — our first performance is Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m., and it will be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s own play, “The Speckled Band” (1910), based on his short story.
Each play in the series will be read by professional actors from L.A.’s extraordinarily deep talent pool, and will be introduced by the series’ curator, Leslie S. Klinger, BSI, renowned Sherlockian scholar, author/editor of the magisterial three-volume New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, advisor on the Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes movie series and catalyst for the current “Free Sherlock Holmes!” movement.
The play-reading is directed by noted theatrical director Robert Mammana ,with original music by Ovation winner Ryan Johnson. The series is produced by Bonnie MacBird.
This event is a private party. It is free but a $20 donation is encouraged! You must have an invitation to attend; no walk-ins. To get one, register here:
Future performances/readings in the series (all introduced by Les) will include “The Secret of Sherlock Holmes” by Jeremy Paul, commissioned by actor Jeremy Brett in 1988, and “A Sherlockian Musical Delight,” featuring top L.A. musicians performing music mentioned in the canon or associated with the various adaptations. Dates to be announced soon!
For much more info, visit our website: www.sherlockholmesinbrentwood.com
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The Speckled Band illustration by Igor Savchenkov.
Mrs. Hudson has been roused, she retorted on me, and I on you.
I’ll just stand here watching you sleep like a perfectly normal flatmate.
John Watson, crimesolver.
Great scene from Granada’s The Speckled Band.
Our friends at Wessex Press sent us these two books to read and review and WE ARE EXCITED!
The first one is A Study In Celluloid: A Producer’s Account of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes by Michael Cox, who (obviously) served as the producer of the Granada television series. Originally published in 1986, it’s been out of print for many years (and those copies are going for £100-£250!), but Wessex Press have brought it back! If you don’t want to wait until we’ve finished it, you can buy it at Gasogene Books. We’ve included one of many behind the scenes photographs from the book. Some are just so sweet, and there’s lots from filming of The Final Problem (including one of Jeremy Brett sort of dancing in the background).
The second is The Illustrated Speckled Band: The Original 1910 Stage Production in Script and Photographs by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and edited by Leslie S. Klinger. It’s the play ACD wrote out with tons of photographs from when it was performed! So much fun and so great to look at. We’ve included one of them. You can also get this from Gasogene Books.
We hope to have reviews for you very soon, in the mean time we’re going to go geek out about these.