Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at Bolsover Castle

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From 221b Baker Street to Bolsover Castle’s fountain garden, Sherlock Holmes investigates a chilling tale on a warm summer’s evening.

This original piece written by, and for, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is based on the legends of Newcastle’s ghosts. The paranormal and eerie adaptation sees Sherlock and Dr Watson investigate a series of seemingly mystical murders.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - chapter House Theatre Company at Bolsover Castle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - chapter House Theatre Company at Bolsover Castle

Echoing Conan Doyle’s style, Sherlock used his quirks and intellect to try and disprove rumours of ghosts and vampires and to uncover the mysteries of the Newcastle dock victims.

Superb and believable performances by all six actors, most playing more than one character with quick costume changes. I was easily drawn into the story and hooked to the end, which offered an extra special twist.

Chapterhouse have often blessed Bolsover Castle with excellent outdoor shows. Always a perfect setting, and the recent renovations around the fountain garden made this venue extra special.

Please do make sure you all put August 29 in your diaries, I promise you won’t be disappointed when the theatre company returns with The Jungle Book. If you can’t wait that long, try Wuthering Heights at nearby Creswell Crags on July 30.

MARISA CASHILL