Actors (from left to right) - Inspector Lestrade (Trysten Luck), Jane Wilson (Heather Lawrence), Doctor Watson (Paul Sutherland), and Sherlock Holmes (Jason Steele) rehearse an upcoming one act show ‘The Red Headed League’ based on ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’. Photo supplied by Albertus Koett

Solve mysteries with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Red Deer

At three sold-out one act Sherlock Holmes plays in Red Deer, theatre lovers will be able to find clues and solve mysteries.

The three mysteries based on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, running from Feb. 22 to 24, are part of the first season of an ongoing three year on-stage series by Red Deer playwright and director Albertus Koett.

“It’s almost like creating a TV show for the stage,” he said.

Inspired by British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after he read the Sherlock Holmes books early 2017, Koett decided to adapt the stories into plays.

The only difference is his plays are interlinked with a story that connects everything together.

“The clues that you might pick up in these shows may pay up in June 2019 show. So things we are hinting at now that will come to fruition later on,” he said.

The three season series started last year and finishes this summer. The second season starts fall 2018 and goes until summer 2019 followed by the third season starting in fall 2019 and finishing in 2020.

The three Holmes mysteries: The Red-Headed League, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, and A Scandal in Bohemia, will lead to a full length show on June 14, The sign of Four, which will end with a cliffhanger.

The plays that Koett is adapting from Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories, staged at Nickle Studio, started with the first installment, A Study in Scarlet, that ran in September.

Anyone worried about not being able to catch the rest of the shows, because they may have missed the previous ones, shouldn’t be concerned. Koett said each play will come with a recap that will help audience catch up.

The three year series star 15 actors, from Central Alberta, and another crew of five.

Theatre lovers will also enjoy The Baker Street Brew, an exclusive brew for the Sherlock Holmes plays by the Troubled Monk.

Tickets for this year’s June show will go on sale Feb. 26 at Black Knight Ticket Centre and online.

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