Murder in Baker Street

by  Judd Woldin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 1f

A quiet evening at 221B is disrupted by Cecil Forrester, a harried industrialist seeking protection from assailants. Sherlock Holmes is not interested in such mundane matters, until he recognizes the method of attack: an "Oriental Death Touch". He shelters his new client in a locked and bolted room …

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Murder in Baker Street

by  Judd Woldin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A quiet evening at 221B is disrupted by Cecil Forrester, a harried industrialist seeking protection from assailants. Sherlock Holmes is not interested in such mundane matters, until he recognizes the method of attack: an "Oriental Death Touch". He shelters his new client in a locked and bolted room and explores the roof with Dr. Watson, where they are suddenly attacked by a ninja. In the morning Forrester is discovered murdered. An aggressive prosecutor uncovers a connection between the victim and Dr. Watson, and he hypothesizes a method by which Watson could have committed the crime within the locked room. Watson is convicted and condemned. To save his friend, Holmes confesses and, from a cell in Pentonville Prison, the legendary detective solves the baffling murder.
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Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting: London. 1890's.
  • 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, 1f
MRS. HUDSON - slightly crotchety
DR. JOHN WATSON - still loyal, trustworthy, etc.
SHERLOCK HOLMES - in his last year of practice
CECIL FORRESTER - supercilious, arrogant industrialist
JAMES - Forrester's coachman
NINJA - masked warrior
NEWSBOY - Cockney
SHIMIMOTO - helmeted Kendo master
JUDGE - voiceover
SIR CHARLES WORMSLEY - Queen's Counsel, prosecutor
ROYCE CUMMINGS, ESQ. - Barrister
WILKINSON - the Forrester's butler
MRS. FORRESTER - wife of the industrialist
BILLINGS - Forrester's partner
SAMUEL SMALL - Cockney carpenter
HOME SECRETARY - distinguished
HUGGINS - his clerk
SUPERINTENDENT - warden of Pentonville Prison
MRS. HAWKINS - Cockney woman
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Murder In Baker Street may be performed with a minimum of seven actors doubling as follows:
HOLMES
WATSON
MRS. HUDSON, MRS. FORRESTER, MRS. HAWKINS
FORRESTER, WORMSLEY, SUPERINTENDENT
JAMES, NINJA, CUMMINGS
SHIMIMOTO, BILLINGS, SMALL, HOME SECRETARY
NEWSBOY, JUDGE, WILKINSON, HIGGINS

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Authors

Judd Woldin

Judd Woldin

Murder In Baker Street was first presented by Theater By the Blind in New York. It was directed by Ike Schambelan.

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