Sherlock Holmes - The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman

On Friday night, hubby and I spent the evening watching Rumpus Theatre Company at Chelmsford Civic Theatre. A two person performance of 'Sherlock Holmes - The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman', based on the classic story ‘A Scandal in Bohemia' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, meets the world's most dangerous woman, Irene Adler - who embroils the King, Sherlock and Watson in her sinister web of seduction and deceit.

Photo © Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Act 1 slowly set the scene and built the suspense for the big reveal and twist in Act 2. Perhaps too slow for some of the audience who sadly left during the interval. Watson doesn't appear on stage but provides voice over duties throughout, leaving Sherlock (John Goodrum) and Adler (Karen Henson) to act out the entire production on a single stage set. Act 2 moved along much quicker, leading to a great twist at the end that left the audience gasping.

Worth seeing. An enjoyable evening out for fans and non fans of Holmes alike. If you are a fan of the current TV series 'Sherlock' try not to think about Cumberbatch and Pulver! ;)