One of the world’s favorite detectives takes center stage at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre this month in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club.
“This is a new script by Jeffrey Hatcher,” said Steve Walpert, the director. “It’s an exciting, fun story.”
Hatcher combines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s familiar characters with plot devices from a Robert Louis Stevenson novella. In this play, Dr. Watson has married. Left alone while his wife is on a trip, Dr. Watson goes to visit Sherlock Holmes for one more adventure and to possibly save his friend’s life in the process.
Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes’ first story was A Study in Scarlet. It took Doyle three weeks to write it in 1886, and it was published in 1887. Numerous plays, television series and movies have been created about the character since he was first penned. The BBC’s series, Sherlock, Holmes with a 21st century spin, is popular in the United Kingdom as well as the United States.
“There’s a universal appeal. He’s the most famous consulting detective, and his stories are the first real crime dramas,” said Walpert, who has directed three contemporary Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries at dinner theater in the past five years.
Walpert has chosen more recent Holmes’ plot lines, but all of them follow the basic premise Doyle established.
“They are well thought out, and they are very clever. He has an incredible mind, but he’s eccentric. People gravitate to that.”
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club will be staged Sept. 20-21, 27-28 and Oct. 10-12. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. followed by the play at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 for civilians; $43-$35 for military; and $30 for the show only. For reservations, call (706) 793-8552 or visit fortgordon.com.
The theater is at 32100 3rd Ave. Enter Fort Gordon through Gate 1 on Gordon Highway; ages 16 and older must present valid ID, and drivers must show insurance and car registration.