feature photo- Ian Merrill Peakes and Bill Van Horn by Mark Garvin
Get ready for a lot of laughs and a good old fashioned “whodunit” with Sherlock Holmes! Now through March 27th at the Walnut Street Theatre, you can watch as six actors play over 30 characters in Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of The Speckled Band. The story and this group of hilarious, over-the-top suspects remind us why live theatre is so much fun! It’s great to be back at the Walnut for a show like this one!
The Adventure of The Speckled Band is one of 56 Sherlock Holmes tales written by Arthur Conan Doyle. In this mystery, a young woman (Karen Peakes) seeks the help of Holmes and Watson after her twin sister’s sudden and odd death (her sister’s final words were “it was…the speckled band” and we must find out why!).
Bill Van Horn, as Dr. Watson, was commissioned by The Walnut’s Producing Artistic Director Bernard Havard to bring this story to life here in Philadelphia. So not only is he on stage, moving the story along with his comedic characters, Van Horn also wrote and directed this show! Impressive!
I’m a huge fan of shows with small casts like this one who take on multiple roles. Only the best of the best can do something like this and I was delighted every time we met a new character. Get ready to be wowed by the talents on stage (the cast also includes Mary Martello, Dan Hodge, Justin Lujan and Ian Merrill Peakes as Sherlock himself) with their quick-changes and silly disguises.
The Adventure of The Speckled Band is a fun night out! See if you can solve the mystery before Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson do! Tickets are available on the theatre’s website.