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Christmas Mysteries: A Sherlock Carol @MaryleboneTHLDN

A mash-up of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes would seem an unlikely pairing. Yet it provides a surprisingly fun Christmas-themed adventure. These two Victorian tales (albeit separated by about 40 years) provide the basis for an inspired adventure at Christmastime that just also happens to turn out to be a murder mystery as well. With lavish costumes, a few spooky set pieces and some good old-fashioned stage trickery with lights and a lot of smoke machines, it is hard to resist. It returns to the Marylebone Theatre for Christmas after a run there last year.  The premise is that after Holmes sees off the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, he is left adrift in London. People thought he was dead, and he might as well be. Disinterested in the misdeeds of other Londoners, Holmes has even given up on his friend Dr Watson. It's almost as if he has become a Scrooge. Or half a Scrooge, moping about shouting, "bah" in respon

Brief recollections: Throwback @jacksons_lane @SilverLiningCo_

You leave Throwback by circus troupe Silver Lining thinking, hmm they're a frisky lot. Some circus acts want to show sexy. Others want to show brawn. These young men and women seem to just want to play... And show off a little...

But that's ok. They do incredible acrobatic work - hanging, flying, spinning while also managing to sing, act and tell stories. 

Arriving at the theatre, there is a piece of paper on every seat for the audience to fill out, naming a good party song. Then Tom and the gang will sing a few of them. 

The piece borrows from #throwbackthursday. That weekly hastage where people get nostalgic about something for a brief moment. Here the focus is on memories of childhood. Sammy Dineen recalls how his mother got him piano lessons as a child. Which leads to a recital of nursery rhymes. While standing on one hand...

Ulrike Storch's songs from growing up leads to some evocative foot juggling. 

Another by Kalyn 'LJ' Marles about watching Michael Jackson perform growing up leads to a dance performance on straps.

It's a well-timed piece that doesn't let up with its enthusiasm, warmth, fuzziness and playfulness for life... 

It's concluded its brief run at Jackson's Lane but hopefully we get to see these incredibly talented (and frisky) guys and girls around more this year. 


Photo credit: Production photos by David P Scott and Mark Robson

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