The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes

by  John Nassivera

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

"A must for all the fans of Sherlock Holmes stories, the play contains startling twists and turns that keep the audience on the edge of their seats." - The Resorter.

"Crisply written, it tells a mystifying story all in good. old fashion…

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The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes

by  John Nassivera

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The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This play about the famous detective has Holmes venturing into the occult where, during a seance, he is warned that he is about to meet his maker. The play has Holmes, Waston and Prof. Moriarty meet their maker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wishes to end their existence literally with the final stroke of his pen. Holmes cannot accept the fact that he is the product of another's imagination, a mere pawn of another man's genius. Who is the creator and who the pawn becomes the central question as Holmes and the others threaten their creator with the death to which he has sentenced them.

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Reviews

"A must for all the fans of Sherlock Holmes stories, the play contains startling twists and turns that keep the audience on the edge of their seats." - The Resorter

"Crisply written, it tells a mystifying story all in good. old fashioned fun." - Post Star

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    221B Bakers St., London and Undershaw House, Hindhead, Surrey. 1894.

  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 3f

SHERLOCK HOLMES
DR. WATSON
MRS. HUDSON
INSPECTOR LESTRADE
MRS. PIPER
MONSIEUR DUPIN
IRENE ADLER
PROFESSOR MORIARTY
AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN
DOCTEUR PHINUIT (VOICE)
ELLEN WATSON (VOICE)

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

John Nassivera

John Nassivera

THE PENULTIMATE PROBLEM OF SHERLOCK HOLMES was first presented by the Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, Vermont on August 17th, 1978. Directed by Jill Charles.

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