Harriton Theater Company in the Black Box Theater at Harriton High School
William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional creation of Arthur Conan Doyle. First appearing in print in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet, the character’s popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning in 1891; additional tales appeared from then until 1927, eventually totaling four novels and 56 short stories. The character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by the real-life figure of Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, whom Conan Doyle met in 1877. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing broad conclusions from minute observations.
Recognizing the success of the character, Conan Doyle decided to create a play based on Holmes. The script was later rewritten with the help of American stage actor, William Gillette. Gillette visited Conan Doyle to request permission not only to perform the role but also to rewrite the play.
The play itself drew material from Conan Doyle’s published stories “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Final Problem” and A Study in Scarlet, while adding much that was new as well. Doyle was credited as a co-author, even though Gillette actually wrote the play. It premiered on Broadway in 1899, and has seen unending success ever since.
Sherlock Holmes has a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture as a whole, with the original tales, as well as thousands written by authors other than Conan Doyle, being adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years.
McTague Angelina DeMonte
Sir Edward Leighton
Count von Stalburg
Ashley Sydnor, Wendy Kelly, Cori Mastin
Sean Connolly* with John Bezark*
Musical Direction by
Kat Bowman* with Aidan Todd
Julia McGinty and Dinah Day-Booth
Kim Fogarty*, Ana-Isabela Navarro, Rowen Murphy-Usher, and AmaRa Pedreros-Montes
Sam Gerike and Noah Shelanski
Emma Deutsch and Ben Newman
Hair and Makeup Design
Taylor Fagan and Sydney Klein
Ashley Young and Dylan Teaford
Katie Federman, Sarah Liez, and Homa Mirzai