Sherlock Holmes (play 1893-1894)

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Copyright performance of "Sherlock Holmes, Private Detective" (The Era, 23 december 1893, p. 10)
Review of "Sherlock Holmes" (The Era, 29 may 1894, p. 4)
Review of "Sherlock Holmes" (The Era, 2 june 1894, p. 11)

Sherlock Holmes: A Psychological Drama (or Sherlock Holmes, Private Detective) is a British 5-acts play written by Charles Rogers, performed by the Cordyce & Hamund's Company at the Theatre Royal (Glasgow, Scotland) from 28 may to end of june 1894.

Before that, a copyright performance was given at the Theatre Royal (Hanley, UK) on 15 december 1893, under the title Sherlock Holmes, Private Detective.



  • Director : Charles Rogers

Plot summary

Wilton Hursher, a madman, takes refuge from the pursuit of the police in the house of a certain Dr. Watson. Here the maniac, in an interview with the doctor gives him a blow which knocks him senseless, and then carries him off to his (Hursher's) house. The shock has destroyed Watson's memory, and when Sherlock Holmes visits the house the doctor does not recognise him. Watson is even induced to agree to marry the madman's daughter, and when confronted with his own wife and child in the church cannot recollect them, and wants the bigamous ceremony to go on. Holmes drugs Watson in order to stop him from committing the crime, and Sherlock is arrested and imprisoned, charged with murder. However, he escapes, gets to the Central Hospital, and prevents a post-mortem examination of Watson's body being made. Hursher poisons himself in the last act of the drama, Watson's memory retruns to him, and he is united with his wife.