How did David Arquette go from being a World Championship Wrestling title holder to wrestling Professor Moriarty to the mat? “It was elementary, my dear Watson,” quips producer Corey Ross. His Starvox Entertainment is presenting Sherlock Holmes, a new show about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective, in a North American tour that starts at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre Oct. 27.
And Arquette, known for acting projects as varied as Scream and Friends, will play the great detective. “I am beyond excited to play one of the most loved characters in all literature, stage and screen,” said Arquette in a release announcing the show’s premiere. “Some may think I’m an odd choice. I am. I’m odd, but thankfully, so is he.” The play, written by late Canadian playwright Greg Kramer, enjoyed a sold-out run in Montreal two years ago, where Ross caught it.
“I knew 10 minutes after the curtain went up . . . that this was a show born for an extended commercial life. We just had to find the right people to star in it,” Ross said. Canadian actor Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon, This Is the End) starred in Montreal, but he wanted to move on to other projects. So Ross sought out Arquette.
Michael Trevino will play the faithful Dr. Watson, a considerable change from his six seasons as Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff series, The Originals. The play has a distinctive look. “The steampunk costumes and brilliant set design, featuring projections on metal scrims, give the production a distinct modern edge, yet all the while, it remains quintessentially Sherlock Holmes,” said Ross.
“It’s both timeless and contemporary, and audiences will enjoy the way it slyly hints at current events and today’s political culture.”Sherlock Holmes will play six preview performances in Los Angeles before officially opening in Toronto and then going on a multi-city tour that will include Washington, D.C., and Chicago. In Toronto, it will be staged at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.) from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8. Tickets are available through mirvish.com
The game’s afoot!
By: Richard Ouzounian on the Toronto Star Published on Wed Aug 12 2015