Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood returns to Pitlochry Festival Theatre this September

Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood returns to Pitlochry Festival Theatre this September.

The venue’s 2022 production returns by popular demand from 1 – 22 September 2023.

Adapted by Lesley Hart from the novel A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Deirdre Davis and Ben Stock make up the cast in the production directed by Marc Small with design by Elizabeth Newman, sound design by Matthew Tomlinson and movement direction by Lesly Hutchison.

In a blasted world, two survivors – a doctor and an actor – pass the time by staging their favourite story salvaged from the flames: A Study in Scarlet, the origin story of Sherlock Holmes. But when tensions arise around casting, more than dead bodies start to surface.

Director Marc Small said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to return to Pitlochry and revive Sherlock: A Study in Lipstick, Ketchup and Blood. Directing the inimitable Deirdre Davis is always a joy and a surprise; she is a wonderfully thoughtful actress. Lesley Hart provides a funny and poignant script that interweaves the characters’ reality with the murder mystery to be solved.

“Pitlochry’s beautiful Amphitheatre serves as the backdrop to the unfolding drama. This year I am also fortunate enough to be taking the show to the stunning Roman Theatre, St Alban’s, in an exciting co production with OVO.”

For more information and tickets, visit pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

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