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Sherlock Holmes and Watson find a home at Metro Theatre

Vancity Buzz  –  June 19, 2015

by Cassady Ranford

Holmes and Watson Save the Empire is a musical farce by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, based on the stories of Sherlock Holmes and presented by Ace Productions. It continues its Canadian tour at the Metro Theatre in Vancouver until June 28. This limited engagement is a family-friendly musical mystery, starring Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts as the iconic Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

The Metro Theatre is a quaint and inviting space, perfect for a larger-than-life production like Holmes and Watson Save the Empire. While the Metro Theatre isn’t exactly the easiest place to get to, it’s well worth the journey to see this farcical production.

The red velvet curtains set up the perfect atmosphere for the almost vaudevillian opening as Freddy Fish (Chris Robson) parted them to begin the show. Right off the very top, the actors were full of energy and dedication. They launched the audience into the world of Doctor Watson and Sherlock Holmes, whisking them back a hundred years and transporting them halfway across the world to the fictional flat of the quirky detective and his bumbling sidekick.

The plot rocketed by in a flurry of hilarious jokes, British references and sleuthing deductions. The music was played live, Chris Robson and Gordon Roberts alternated on piano while the other was on stage. The lovely Renee Cook accompanied with violin in a beautiful variety girl dress. The actors didn’t wear microphones, another testament to their vocal and acting ability.

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