Adaptation in Theatre and Performance

Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage

Post-Millennial Adaptations in British Theatre

Authors: Poore, Benjamin

  • Explores the Sherlock Holmes phenomenon from the perspective of theatre
    Represents a timely and topical study focusing particularly on the last five years
    Analyses the relationships between the film, television and theatre Sherlocks

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About this book

This book investigates the development of Sherlock Holmes adaptations in British theatre since the turn of the millennium. Sherlock Holmes has become a cultural phenomenon all over again in the twenty-first century, as a result of the television series Sherlock and Elementary, and films like Mr Holmes and the Guy Ritchie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. In the light of these new interpretations, British theatre has produced timely and topical responses to developments in the screen Sherlocks’ stories. Moreover, stage Sherlocks of the last three decades have often anticipated the knowing, metafictional tropes employed by screen adaptations. This study traces the recent history of Sherlock Holmes in the theatre, about which very little has been written for an academic readership. It argues that the world of Sherlock Holmes is conveyed in theatre by a variety of games that activate new modes of audience engagement.

About the authors

​Benjamin Poore is Lecturer in Theatre at the University of York. He is the author of Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre (Palgrave, 2011) and Theatre & Empire (Palgrave, 2016). He is the author of numerous articles on the adaptation and afterlives of Victorian fiction on screen and stage.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Sherlock Holmes Belongs to Everyone

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 1-22

  • The Deductionist: Surveying the Character of Sherlock Holmes

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 23-43

  • The Homeless Network: Sherlock Holmes and Adaptation

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 45-68

  • The Game is Afoot: Hunting and Playing in Sherlockian Theatre

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 69-101

  • Playing ‘The Trick’

    Poore, Benjamin

    Pages 103-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage
Book Subtitle
Post-Millennial Adaptations in British Theatre
Authors
Series Title
Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46962-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 258
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