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The Speckled Band (Arthur Conan Doyle)
March 31: Allhallows School, Honiton, Devon, England

(Information above on performance dates is derived from newspaper archives and is therefore likely to be incomplete.)


There was a crowded audience at Allhallows School, Honiton, on Saturday, when a performance was given of Sherlock Holmes’ play “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This is the most ambitious effort ever attempted by the school players, and each character was well represented. The outstanding characters were Mr G.H. Gillett, who most ably portrayed the part of Sherlock Holmes, Mr H.A. Lee as Dr Grimesby Rylott, and D.S.C. Dew as Dr Rylott’s step-daughter, Miss Enid Stonor, wee a great success. The play was staged in an effective way by Mr G. Napier.

During the performance selections were rendered by the orchestra, the instrumentalists being Mrs Billingsley, Misses Gibbs and F.M. Smith, and Mr J.J. Shepherd.

Western Times, Thursday 5 April 1928
found at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk