Holmes For Rent (Music Theatre Warwick)
By Rosie Barrett | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016
Against the backdrop of Victorian melodrama, a battle of egos threatens to break apart the most beloved of hero-sidekick partnerships. Dr Watson stages an impromptu play to convince us that Holmes is merely a decoy and that he is the true mastermind… but Moriarty is waiting in the wings to disrupt the show. Whilst the play is light-hearted and enjoyable, it lacks real depth, and amid a culture gripped with Sherlock mania, ‘Holmes For Rent’ lacks the originality to compete in a fringe scene overcrowded with adaptations. The play boasts an alternative ending each night, but this leaves the final scene chaotic and rushed, with many questions unanswered. Robert Madge deserves praise, however, for his flamboyant, charismatic interpretation of Holmes.
C Venue 24, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rosie Barrett]