Saturday, 15 February 2014

the revenge of sherlock holmes - hoxton hall

On Saturday 27th April last year we all went to the matinee of The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes at Hoxton Hall, which was staged as a kind of Victorian Music Hall entertainment, with songs and turns, in a small hall which had been such a music hall in its time (my first time there). It was good fun, and well done; we all enjoyed it. We spoke to someone after who was the mum of one of the band, a music student sitting in for the regular person, the kind of thing Tom Gordon used to do.

Some reviews and related links from the first couple of Google search pages (mostly online rather than print-based publications, some new to me, including a couple which were Sherlock-driven rather than theatre-driven), which may also remind me of some of the details. The Stage. (Revival of a short-run thing from 1989, written by person with other successes - this restaging overcame the original's difficulties, apparently.) The Public Reviews. (Yes, there was a good deal of interacting with the audience. The photo reminds me that, as often, I thought I could see no reason why the production and performances could not be at home on a West End stage; it does seem a lottery what's a success and what's not, but the quality of productions and performances you can see in London's fringe theatres, not even just the 'notable', 'off-West End' ones, is in my experience so often very high indeed.) The production's Facebook page (some good info and photos - wonder how long it will endure - including the fact that they got best actor, actress and musical theatre nominations in the Offies). The Hoxton Hall page for the production. The Baker Street Babes. Broadway World. A Younger Theatre. What's On Stage. Bargaintheatreland. What's Peen Seen. Time Out (on second page of results, surprisingly, perhaps because so short). Wikipedia page for the musical. The news page on the website of Morphic Graffiti, the production company behind it (who haven't done much since it seems). Broadway Baby. One Stop Arts (I remember reading the tip, possibly here, to sit on the right or in the gallery so the band weren't too loud; we sat front row right (I don't think anyone was in the gallery when we were there). Musical Theatre Review. Napoleon of Holmes. Plays To See (another one which praises the choreography in particular). The Hackney Citizen. British Theatre Guide.

Yes, all those good reviews reminded me how much we enjoyed it, the less good ones didn't make me change my mind.