Sherlock's Last Case (play 1984)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Sherlock's Last Case (1984)
Dakin Mathew (Dr. Watson) and David Fox-Brenton (Sherlock Holmes) (The Los Angeles Times, 10 july 1987, part 6, p. 1)

Sherlock's Last Case is an American 2-act play written by Charles Marowitz and directed by Robert Benedetti, premiered at the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre (Los Angeles, CA, USA) from 29 june to 22 september 1984, starring David Fox-Brenton as Sherlock Holmes and Dakin Matthews as Dr. Watson.

Picking up where the famous stories ended, the play centers on a death threat against Sherlock Holmes by the supposed son of his late nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Oddly enough, however, Holmes is warned of the plot by Moriarty's daughter, to whom Holmes (who turns out to be quite a ladies' man) is strongly attracted. The plot then twists and turns until Holmes finds himself imprisoned in a dank cellar, trapped not by young Moriarty but, to his shocked surprise, by the good Dr. Watson — who, it turns out, has long been bitterly resentful of his second-class status as Holmes' lackey. After Holmes' demise Watson comes into his own, or seems to, until a number of impostors turn up claiming to be the real Sherlock Holmes.



  • Director : Robert Benedetti
  • Playwright : Charles Marowitz
  • Artistic & Producing Director : Bill Bushnell, George W. George
  • Producers : Diane White, Adam Leipzig
  • Production Design : Timian
  • Lighting Design : Russell Pyle
  • Special Effects : Russell Pyle
  • Sound Design : Jon Gottlieb