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Potted Sherlock, Vaudeville Theatre - Review
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My EQView feature this week is a review of Potted Sherlock, a new show incorporating all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories into 80 elementary minutes. It premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is coming to the Vaudeville Theatre over Christmas. Potted Sherlock is a mainstream show with universal appeal, which will delight and entertain everyone, young and old, regardless of how much or how little they know about Sherlock Holmes. One big adventure, a non-stop rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and incredible fun. 5 stars!

My EQView review of Potted Sherlock is here:
http://eqview.com/2014/12/05/potted-sherlock-review/

Cut and pasted from the EQView website:

POTTED SHERLOCK – REVIEW

Potted Sherlock is a new show incorporating all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories into 80 elementary minutes. It premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is coming to the Vaudeville Theatre, part of London’s vibrant West End, over Christmas.

Potted Sherlock does exactly what it says on the tin – amazingly, the show features all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories in just 80 minutes. To do so, it hurtles along at a breakneck speed, and is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, but it always carries its audience along with it.

There are only three actors in the show – Daniel (Dan) Clarkson, Jefferson (Jeff) Turner and Lizzie Wort. What is refreshing is that all three actors take a turn at playing Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson over the course of the show, as well as a host of other characters too. I adored Dan’s Mrs Hudson and I enjoyed Lizzie’s Holmes. There are entrances and exits aplenty, and countless costume changes, and this ensures the fast pace of the show is maintained throughout.

There is a giant electronic counter on-stage throughout the show, tallying up the stories as they go along. This adds to the drama, suspense and tension because it takes them a long time to cover the first few stories before the piece picks up speed. And if the counter also tallied up all the jokes as they went along, it would easily get into the hundreds, as the show is brimful of jokes and is hilariously funny.

Dan plays Moriarty and the show stresses that although we all know Moriarty as Holmes’s archenemy, he does not actually appear in many of the stories. However, Dan appears at every possible opportunity, using “more tea?” and “more arty?” as cues. I loved having Moriarty as a recurring motif because every show needs a good old-fashioned villain!

Potted Sherlock incorporates many elements – comedy, farce, drama, mystery, musicals, music hall and even pantomine. The actors blend all of these discrete and different elements into one marvellous show with great aplomb.

Potted Sherlock is marketed as a children’s show but this production will delight people of all ages, young and old. The show is equally entertaining for fans who know their canon inside out, cover to cover, and for audience members who have only a passing acquaintance with Sherlock Holmes and his world, because it can be appreciated on so many levels.

In summary, Potted Sherlock is a mainstream show with universal appeal, which will delight and entertain everyone, young and old, regardless of how much or how little they know about Sherlock Holmes. One big adventure, a non-stop rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and incredible fun. 5 stars!

Potted Sherlock is playing at the Vaudeville Theatre from Monday 8 December 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015.

Potted Sherlock Website:
http://www.pottedsherlock.com/

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