Theatre at The Castle
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This April, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, the original dynamic duo, return to Craigdarroch Castle to solve the mystery of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sussex Vampire”, when Craigdarroch Castle presents Giggling Iguana Productions’ latest site specific offering, April 3 through 12.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sussex Vampire” is adapted from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Holmes stories by Tony Hubner and Iguana founder Ian Case. Case has previously adapted Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, and Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. In this tale, Holmes and Watson are drawn into the enigmatic situation of a Sussex tea merchant whose wife inexplicably displays a disturbing blood lust, putting her newborn son at risk!
The audience is put right in the middle of this all-encompassing mystery. Staged ‘environmentally’ in Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria’s premier heritage attraction, guests are ushered from 221B Baker Street, Holmes’ famous London rooms, to the Sussex home of Robert Ferguson to save the day. Together, the Audience, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must purge this evil before it’s too late. Audiences tour the Castle’s lavish interior as scenes of Doyle’s classic tale unfold around them.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sussex Vampire” features a cast of familiar and exciting new Victoria-based talent including: David Radford as Sherlock Holmes (Victoria’s own Benedict Cumberbatch, previously seen in “Dracula – the Blood is the Life”), Sarah Murphy (seen in Kaleidoscope’s “The Never-ending Story” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Susie Mullen and Michael Glover (both seen in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”). Ian Case reprises the role of Dr. Watson (having played him in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Speckled Band” at Craigdarroch in 2002 and 2004) and makes the show a family adventure by introducing Emily Case, his daughter and Spectrum Community School drama student, to play young Jacklyn Ferguson.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sussex Vampire” takes place at Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent, April 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 8pm.
Information and tickets are available online at www.thecastle.ca and by phone at 250-592-5323. Reservations are required. Tickets are $26 general admission and $23 for Castle Members (prices include GST). Tickets must be purchased in advance. 2014 marks 14 years of Giggling Iguana productions at Craigdarroch and every year the shows quickly sell out. Guests will want to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a seated performance. Craigdarroch Castle is a historic house museum. NO stiletto heels (they may damage the wood floors). There are 87 stairs and NO ramps or elevator - it is NOT wheelchair accessible.