A collection of historic reviews and articles on Sherlockian theatrical performances from contemporary newspapers.

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The reviews, interviews, and articles gathered together here aim to cover as wide a spectrum of early Sherlockian theatrical performances as possible, but make no claim to be complete or comprehensive.

I have selected the pieces that I found most entertaining to read, or those that reveal the tastes, prejudices, foibles and follies of their times.

Actors Portraying Sherlock Holmes

(or browse by play title)

George Arlett (as Sheerluck Coombes)
UK. Amateur. The Elusive Lydia.1930.

Felix Aylmer
UK. Professional. The Holmeses of Baker Street. 1933.

W. Beattie (as Sheerluck Bones)
UK. Amateur. That's All There Is. 1934.

John Beech
UK. Amateur. Sherlock Holmes (Beech). 1906.

St John Beecher
UK, Professional. The Bank of England. 1903.

Grendon Bentley
UK. Professional. The Speckled Band, 1911.

Walter Bentley
UK. Professional. The Bank of England. 1902.

Clarence Blakiston (as Sheerluck Jones)
UK. Professional. Sheerluck Jones. 1901.

Sydney Bland
UK. Professional. The Speckled Band. 1914.

Charles Brookfield
UK. Professional. Under the Clock. 1893.

Charles Buckmaster
UK. Professional. The Return of Sherlock Holmes. 1927.

Richard Buhler
USA. Professional. The Sign of the Four / Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1905.

Hubert S. Chambers
UK. Professional. The Bank of England. 1904.

H. Chapman (as Constable Sheerluck)
UK. Amateur. Prince Marzipan. 1924.

Jenny Clare (as Hairlock Combs)
UK. Professional. The Babes in the Wood. 1905-1906.

J.S. Crawley
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1902.

Henry S. Dacre
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Rogers). 1902.

Hamilton Deane
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1924. / The Holmeses of Baker Street. 1933.

W.L. Dobell
UK. Professional. The Great Detective. 1902-1906.

Arthur Eliot (as Peter S. Pike)
UK. Professional. Hide and Seek. 1902.

Anthony Carlingham Finzel
USA. Amateur. A Close Call. 1904

G.H. Gillett
UK. Amateur. The Speckled Band. 1928.

What, no William Gillette?

Val Gurney
UK. Professional. The Speckled Band. 1930.

Clarence Hague (as Hezekiah Hurlock Sholmes)
UK. Professional. R.F. and M.F.; or, the Two Are One. 1900.

Charles Hart (as Shylock Homestead)
UK. Professional.
In Dahomey. 1904-1905.

Dalziel Heron
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1904.

Grenville P. Jones (as Sheerluck Jones)
UK. Amateur. A Victim of Circumstances. 1915.

Herbert Kelcey
USA. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1903-1907.

S.P. Goodyer Kettley
UK. Professional. The Speckled Band. 1915.

Herbert Landeck (as Shylock Hyams)
UK. Professional. Shylock Hyams. 1915.

Charles Leftwich (as Padlock Domes)
UK. Professional. Padlock Domes; or, Who Stole the Japanese Paper Basket?. 1913.

B. Lepper (as Sheerluck Coombes)
UK. Amateur. The Elusive Lydia. 1934.

Charles H. Lester
UK. Professional. The Bank of England, 1905-1909.

Theodore Lorch
USA. Professional. The Sign of the Four. 1906-1910.

Robert McKim
USA. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1910-1913.

Charles Millward
USA.Professional. The Speckled Band. 1910.

Dennis Neilson-Terry
UK. Professional. The Crown Diamond. 1921.

Eille Norwood
UK. Professional. The Return of Sherlock Holmes. 1923-1924.

Herbert O'Connor
USA. Professional. The Sign of the Four. 1911
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George D. Parker
USA. Professional.
Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1911.

Henry Renouf
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1906.

Kenneth Rivington
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1904.

Julian Royce
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1902.

H.A. Saintsbury
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1904-1905 / 1929.

Fred Sargent
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1902-1903.

Alex Sinclair
UK. Amateur. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1923.

A.P. Smith (as Sherlaw Combes)
USA. Amateur. The Missing Miss Miller. 1909.

Elizabeth Spencer (as Mrs S. Holmes)
USA. Amateur. Mrs S. Holmes, Detective. 1906.

Private Steadleman (as Hairlock Combs)
UK. Amateur. The Detective Man. 1915.

H. Hamilton Stewart
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1908-1917.

Ramsey Wallace
USA. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Gillette). 1907.

John Webb
UK. Professional. Sherlock Holmes (Rogers). 1894.

Race Whitney
USA. Amateur. The Ham Show. 1904

Bert A. Williams (as Shylock Homestead)
USA / UK. Professional. In Dahomey. 1903-1904.

Plays featuring Sherlock Holmes

The Babes in the Wood (Josh Barry & Edmund C. Brierley)

Jenny Clare (as Hairlock Combs)

The Bank of England (Max Goldberg)

St John Beecher

Walter Bentley

Hubert S. Chambers

Charles H. Lester

A Close Call (Anthony Carlingham Finzel)

Anthony Carlingham Finzel

The Crown Diamond (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Dennis Neilson-Terry

The Detective Man

Private Steadleman (as Hairlock Combs)

The Elusive Lydia

George Arlett (as Sheerluck Coombes)

B. Lepper (as Sheerluck Coombes)

The Great Detective

W.L. Dobell

The Ham Show (Race Whitney)

Race Whitney

Hide and Seek

Arthur Eliot (as Peter S. Pike)

The Holmeses of Baker Street (Basil Mitchell)

Felix Aylmer

Hamilton Deane

In Dahomey (Paul Laurence Dunbar & Will Marion Cook)

Charles Hart (as Shylock Homestead)

Bert A. Williams (as Shylock Homestead)

The Missing Miss Miller (Harold Asa Clarke)

A.P. Smith (as Sherlaw Combes)

Mrs S. Holmes, Detective (Ruth Bryan Leavitt)

Elizabeth Spencer (as Mrs S. Holmes)

Padlock Domes; or, Who Stole the Japanese Paper Basket? (Charles Leftwich)

Charles Leftwich (as Padlock Domes)

Prince Marzipan (Will Meade)

H. Chapman (as Constable Sheerluck)

R.F. and M.F.; or, the Two Are One

Clarence Hague (as Hezekiah Hurlock Sholmes)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (J.E Terry & Arthur Rose)

Charles Buckmaster

Eille Norwood

Sheerluck Jones

Clarence Blakiston (as Sheerluck Jones)

Sherlock Holmes (John Beech)

John Beech

Sherlock Holmes (William Gillette)

Richard Buhler

J.S. Crawley

Hamilton Deane

Dalziel Heron

Herbert Kelcey

Robert McKim

George D. Parker

Henry Renouf

Kenneth Rivington

Julian Royce

H.A. Saintsbury

Fred Sargent

Alex Sinclair

H. Hamilton Stewart

Ramsey Wallace

Sherlock Holmes (Charles Rogers)

Henry S. Dacre

John Webb

Shylock Hyams

Herbert Landeck (as Shylock Hyams)

The Sign of the Four (Charles P. Rice)

Richard Buhler

Theodore Lorch

Herbert O'Connor

The Speckled Band (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Grendon Bentley

Sydney Bland

G.H. Gillett

Val Gurney

S.P. Goodyer Kettley

Charles Millward

Julian Royce

H.A. Saintsbury

Thatís All There Is (Adam Brown)

W. Beattie (as Sheerluck Bones)

Under the Clock (Charles Brookfield & Seymour Hicks)

Charles Brookfield

A Victim of Circumstances (Grenville P. Jones)

Grenville P. Jones (as Sheerluck Jones)

 

All the pieces collected here can be found in their original form at:

www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

to the compilers of which sites, go many thanks.