The Oregon Cabaret’s world premiere mystery, Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem opens on September 15th and plays through November 6th.
Sherlock Holmes’ skills are put to the test when he goes head-to-head with his intellectual equal, criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. After repeated attempts on his life, Holmes is rejoined by his recently married friend, Dr. Watson, and the two attempt to thwart the Professor’s plans.
With five actors playing all of the roles in the show, Sherlock is another comic, theatrical take on a thriller - in the vein of previous Oregon Cabaret hits The 39 Steps, Baskerville, and The Sign of the Four. The show features a gunfight in a forest, a fight on top of a moving train with eight different characters, and, of course, the iconic confrontation at the top of Reichenbach Falls.
“The wonderful thing about adapting another Sherlock Holmes piece is that there is such a wealth of material available. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written so many rich novels and short stories about these characters - one of the harder things is just choosing which adventure to translate to the stage,” says adapter and director Rick Robinson. “But given that this is the third time the Cabaret audience is going to see Sherlock, it felt like the right time to have him face off against his nemesis, Professor Moriarity. The stakes of The Final Problem are just so much higher than his other stories - both personally and professionally for Holmes and Watson.”
Galen Schloming returns to the Cabaret as Dr. Watson, having previously played the same character in both Baskerville and Sign of the Four and Nate Cheeseman, who played Edward Ferrars in Sense & Sensibility at OSF in 2018, makes his Cabaret debut as Sherlock Holmes. They are joined by Cabaret veterans Tony Carter (Baskerville, Mamma Mia!, The Full Monty), Mia Mekjian (Baskerville), and Cabaret newcomer Daniel Olson.
The work of the show’s adapter and director, Rick Robinson is well known to Southern Oregon audiences where he has worked as the director of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four, Baskerville, Bat Boy, and The 39 Steps at the Cabaret, as well as Sherwood, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lend me a Tenor, and Leading Ladies at Collaborative Theatre Project in Medford. As a playwright, he created the Cabaret original Pine Mountain Lodge (2016), and served as the adapter for A Christmas Carol (2015), Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four (2019), and Poirot: Murder on the Links (2021).
The Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem design team includes the same set designer (Deanna Kennedy) and lighting designer (Chris Wood) as The Sign of the Four and Baskerville. Sound designer Kimberly Carbone joins the team, as does costume designer Bonnie McKelligot, props designer James Xavier, and projection designer Michael Stanfill.
The dinner menu, designed by Cabaret chef Christopher Scott, includes flavors inspired by the show like Beef Wellington, Fish and Chips, Seasonal Vegan Pasty, Shepherd’s Pie, and Lemon Rosemary Chicken Confit. The brunch menu has Cabaret staples like Quiche, Eggs Benedict, Lox and Bagel along with a show-inspired ‘English Breakfast’ option which includes Taylor's sausage, baked beans, bacon, and two over easy eggs.
If it were a movie, Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem would be rated PG for onstage violence, discussion of murder, some adult situations, and very mild language.
Show Dates and Additional Information
Sherlock Holmes has a preview on September 15th, opens on September 16th and closes on Sunday, November 6th. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday nights.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, cocktails, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Tickets are $43 for A-level seating, $39 B-level seating and $29 C-level seating. The Cabaret offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more for select ticket types and performances. $15 student rush tickets can be purchased 15 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.
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