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For those who fancy a bonkers, surreal and hilarious alternative to panto, head for Common Ground Theatre Company’s touring production of Sherlock Holmes and The Hooded Lance, which runs from 15th December to 13th January, and visits The Seckford Theatre,Woodbridge (15th to 16th Dec), John Peel Centre, Stowmarket (18th-20th), St Mary’s Hall, Walton (28th-30th), Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh (1st to 3rd Jan), Corn Hall, Diss (4th Jan), Headgate Theatre, Colchester (5th & 6th Jan) and Wolsey Studio, Ipswich (8th to 13th Jan).
The show is the latest concoction from “those magicians of Christmas entertainment” (as Andrew Clark described them in the EADT) Pat Whymark and Julian Harries, best known for their hugely successful Christmas shows for Eastern Angles Theatre Company (including last year’s smash hit, Stoat Hall) and for their own company, Common Ground.
Holmes and Watson faces their stiffest challenge yet, in the shape of the Hooded Lance, their newest and deadliest adversary, who is hell bent on spoiling everyone’s Christmas and being really annoying! Can our intrepid duo save the festive season from the clutches of this dastardly demon. Can they cook his goose, or will he crush their baubles and make prize turkeys of them?”
Julian dons the famous deerstalker yet again, and is joined by the fabulous Dick Mainwaring (Dr Watson) and the incomparable Joe Leat, for a classic Christmas mystery with all the Common Ground trimmings – sparkling wit, ingenious staging, hilarious songs, and surreal flights of festive fancy.
For more information, go to www.commongroundtc.co.uk.