"The worlds greatest fictional detective"
by Jill Lawrie for remotegoat on 12/09/12

Rumpus Theatre Company founder John Goodrum has written a new version of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle's classic tale "The Final Problem" which was first published in 1893. Goodrum has produced a prolific number of plays and adaptations over the years that included the spine chilling thrillers "The Signalman", "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Nightmare Room".

Conan Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes has enthralled many generations for over a century. The great detective is famous for his conceited self-assured brilliance and in this production "A Study in Fear " sees the sleuth come face to face with his nemesis Professor Moriarty in a tumultuous encounter at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.

The play opens with Holmes unexpected arrival at the home of his friend and colleague Dr Watson but rapidly develops into intrigue, disguise, deduction and a chase across London and the continent.

A disappointing set was redeemed by technically excellent authentic sound effects from Victorian horse-drawn cabs to breath-taking steam trains. However the limitations of what was virtually a two-hander severely restricted an unfolding mysterious investigation.

Ian Sharrock, well-known for his 9 year stint in the TV soap "Emmerdale", played the lovable Dr John Watson with a mixture of gullibility and unmistakeable honesty. A powerful performance from the charismatic Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the Daleks being one of his many credits) who took on the exacting role of Sherlock Holmes, brilliantly illustrating the detective's fascinating character.

This thriller opens in Worthing and tours the UK reaching Chesterfield at the end of October.

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