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Holmes play is a rare treat for theatre goers

Theatre-goers in Cardiff are in for a rare treat, when a new adaptation of a seldom-staged Sherlock Holmes adventure comes to the New Theatre next week, writes Andy Weltch.

Blackeyed Theatre’s production of The Valley of Fear, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling final Sherlock Holmes novel, opens on Wednesday (24 May) and plays until Friday 26.

The transatlantic story is full of mystery and adventure, and with this company’s reputation for presenting classics in innovative and energetic new ways, this world premiere production should be very memorable indeed.

A mysterious, coded message warning of imminent danger draws Sherlock Holmes (Luke Barton) and Dr Watson (Joseph Derrington) into a tale of intrigue and murder, stretching from 221B Baker Street to an ancient, moated manor house to the bleak Pennsylvanian Vermissa Valley.

Holmes’s investigation leds him to a darker, wider web of corruption, a secret society and the sinister work of his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

Adapted by Nick Lane and with original music by Tristan Parkes, The Valley of Fear also features Blake Kubena (who was so memorable in the title roles in the same company’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,), as well as Gavin Molloy and Alice Osmanksi.

There are just four performances during the Cardiff leg of the tour: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7.30pm, and a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday. You can get tickets from the box office on 0343 310 0041 or online here.

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