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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (play 1923-1924)

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a British 2-acts play written by J. E. Harold Terry and Arthur Rose, previewed on 1 october 1923 at Playhouse Theatre (Cardiff, UK), then performed from 9 october 1923 to 2 february 1924 at Princes Theatre (London, UK), starring Eille Norwood as Sherlock Holmes. 130 performances.

Conan Doyle himself attended the 8th october performance and addressed a speech to the audience with kind words to the two writers: « I'm only a grandfather, here are the two parents. »

The plot is a mix from The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, The Red-Headed League and The Adventure of the Empty House.

The play was then played in Netherlands and Denmark, where Norwood was replaced by Henri De Vries and Herman Florents.



Video

"All change...! A Rapid "Make-up" Study of Mr. Eille Norwood
in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" at the Princes Theatre, London


Cast

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1923)


Tour cast (> 26 january 1924)

  • Sherlock Holmes : Eille Norwood
  • Dr. Watson : Arthur Vezin
  • ? : Lichfield Owen
  • Col. Sebastian Moran : Frederick Maxwell
  • ? : Winifred Griffiths
  • ? : Grizelda Hervey


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Performances

Theatrical gossip about the last performance in London (The Era, 23 january 1924, p. 6)
  • Preview on 1 october 1923 : Playhouse Theatre (Cardiff, UK)
  • 9 october 1923 - 2 february 1924 : Princes Theatre (London, UK)
  • 1924 : Tour in UK countryside
    • 10-15 march 1924 : Grand Theatre (Hull, UK)
    • july 1924 : Pleasure Gardens Theatre (Folkestone, UK)
    • september 1924 : King's Theatre (Edingurgh, UK)
  • 1924 : Grand Theatre (Amsterdam, NL)
  • 1926 : Sonderborg Theatre (Copenhagen, DK) as The Empty House
  • 26 july 1930 : Regent Theatre (London, UK)




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