Groundhog Day producer Antonio Marion is planning a new Sherlock Holmes stage play directed by Rob Ashford.
Written by British writing team Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel (The Girl on the Train, The Da Vinci Code), the play will be directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Rob Ashford, with Akram Khan as choreographer and movement director. The show, billed as a “stage epic” is going to be developed in London before West End and Broadway runs.
Staged as a mystery within a mystery, the case presented to Holmes forces him to confront his murky past. But is the unravelling of his childhood just a dangerous diversion? Sherlock Holmes is an original tale which will offer a new and deeply theatrical exploration of the mind of the famous detective, while remaining faithful to the mysterious world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Rob Ashford said in a press statement that, “When we identified that the setting of our production wasn’t necessarily a place, but perhaps an emotion, with characters driven by their souls and desires, I realized we had a project that demanded being brought to life on the stage. Wagstaff and Abel have created a new, sweeping Sherlock Holmes with modern versions of the classic characters fighting hidden demons in a visceral, emotional, sensual thrill ride that could derail at any moment”
Producer Antonio Marion said: “Rob Ashford and Akram Khan are two of our industry’s premier creative forces, with a keen eye on bringing this story to life utilizing the inherent devices of the theater all while modernizing our production for a new audience in a new generation. They will take our production to new heights, bringing audiences a theatrical experience unlike anything we’ve seen on the stage.”
Akram Khan said: “Ever since I was a teenager growing up in London, I’ve felt a sense of familiarity and often connected with the struggle and bond to each other that Holmes & Watson inhabit. Their complex and dynamic relationship is what makes great theatre. It’s the adventure of a lifetime to work with Rob and these literary legends on a new production which will bring a new generation of audiences to the world of Holmes.”
Sherlock Holmes was first introduced in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to write three more Sherlock Holmes novels and 56 short stories.
Rob Ashford is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning director and choreographer. His Broadway theatre credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Frozen, Evita, How To Succeed, Promises, Promises, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, John Water’s Cry Baby, Curtains and The Wedding Singer. London theatre credits include The Entertainer, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade all for The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, the Olivier Award winning productions of Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Parade for The Donmar Warehouse, Macbeth at MIF and Park Ave Armory, Guys and Dolls, Evita, and Frozen.
Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel also have new writing projects on the go for Aria Entertainment (The Cher Show, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) and the Original Theatre Company.
There’s no news on cast, dates, venue or other creatives!