11:52AM, Tuesday 14 July 2015
The foreboding graphics on the posters advertising Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper Murders at Windsor’s Theatre Royal almost prevented my teenage daughter from accompanying me to see the show yesterday but actually, surprisingly, there was quite a lot of comedy involved.
The funny parts, which were studded throughout the performance, worked really well.
Sherlock Holmes played by Samuel Clemens (the son of the scriptwriter) and George Telfer as Dr Watson provided convincing traditional performances but if you are expecting anything like the recent TV version of Sherlock then you will be disappointed. This is a story set firmly in the Victorian era.
The set design was simple but provided enough support to allow the story to flow, although the sound effects were sometimes strange and perhaps provided a laugh when there shouldn’t have been one.
I enjoyed the show, as did the rest of the audience judging by the applause at the end.
Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper Murders is at the Theatre Royal, Windsor from now until Saturday, July 18.