Barn Theatre Club presents

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The Lure of the Reichenbach

27th April – 8th June 2014

One Act Festival Play

Why does the artist so often despise the work that comes to him easily? Why does he regard such work as facile, trivial, of no lasting worth; while considering that his true path to posterity lies in the creation of subjects of great profundity and scholarship, but of no immediate popular success? At the height of his literary powers, Dr Arthur Conan Doyle killed off his most famous and successful character, Sherlock Holmes, in order to devote more time to the long, deeply-researched historical novels he felt sure would establish his “claim to immortality”.

The Lure of the Reichenbach was described at its debut as “One of the gems of the 1994 Edinburgh Fringe”. The meticulously researched and often humorous script traces Conan Doyle’s career from his student days at Edinburgh University, through his struggles to gain a foothold on the literary ladder, to his enormous success with his ‘consulting detective’ – culminating in the writer’s eventual transformation from creator to destroyer. But was Sherlock Holmes really dead? CD had reckoned without the Great British Public – and without the great Detective himself!


There will be a Gala Performance at the Barn on the evening of Sunday, 27th April.


The festivals at which we are hoping to compete (should they decide to accept our applications) are:

  • Cambridge (28th April – 3rd May)
  • Leatherhead (12th – 17th May)
  • Welwyn (2nd – 8th June)


Part of the Barn’s 2013-2014 Season.

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