Ever since Sherlock Holmes made his debut in “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887, the sleuth and his faithful Watson have come to be everywhere. Right now, you can find the pair on “Sherlock” and “Elementary.” Let’s not forget the Robert Downey, Jr. series, now approaching the third installment, as well as the Ian McKellen project about the aging detective. Add to that list the recent news about a new Broadway production, set for 2017.
Broadway.com wants to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the role, but so far we only know that Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel will be handling the writing. Cumberbatch would be a good choice for sure, playing interesting parts in the theater before like Frankenstein’s monster. In 2015, he’s set to portray that Great Dane, Hamlet. However, he may prefer to pursue roles in other films and television programs, which is a smart move to stay out of the trap of typecasting. Right now, you can see him in “Penguins of Madagascar,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and “Imitation Game.”
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that an actor from a Sherlock Holmes television or film series donned the deerstalker onstage. Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett come to mind right away. Plays about Holmes and Watson have graced many stages since 1899. There’s even a play penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the original stories.
The 2017 Broadway production is being advertised as an “original” storyline, which remains to be seen as more details emerge. There’s a continual push to put a “new twist” on the old tales, of which the most successful in recent years is arguably “Sherlock.” One hopes that the new show on Broadway will actually stay true to atmosphere of the originals, cleverly weaving in familiar phrases instead of making mere caricatures of Holmes and Watson.
Stay tuned to TV Spyglass as more information gets released.