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Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Inescapable Crypt

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Original adventure featuring Sherlock Holmes. A theatre production with Jonathan Goodwin playing Holmes, in the style of Jeremy Brett.

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Original adventure featuring Sherlock Holmes. A theatre production with Jonathan Goodwin playing Holmes, in the style of Jeremy Brett.

All ticket proceeds go towards preserving Don't Go Into The Cellar Theatre company (all tickets come with a mystery Sherlock Holmes digital goodybag worth over £20 which includes an audiobook and copy of 'Don't Go Into The Cellar Mr Holmes' scripts book)

The Adventure of the Inescapable Crypt

Nathaniel Hayes, son of circus impresario B.E. Hayes, has succumbed to a perplexing withering ailment. His parents are convinced it was a Voodoo King’s curse to extract payment for a long-ago favour. Anxious their son will now rise as a slave, they seal him in a tomb with no windows or exterior locks, but the next morning the mausoleum’s door is found open and his body is gone. Nathaniel’s desperate fiancée asks for Sherlock Holmes’s help at the insistence of her aunt, Mrs. Cecil Forrester, while Hayes' parents seek assistance from a family friend, the renowned spiritual debunker and escapologist Sheridan Nightlinger.

The story is an adaptation from one of the tales in The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative - The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson against the Moriarties during the Great Hiatus by Steven Philip Jones.

Jonathan first played Brett in a tribute evening early in 2021. It was an incredible evening of tributes to Jeremy Brett. Over 400 fans registered and live on the night we had 246 fans from more than a dozen countries taking part (UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria, Spain, Czech Republic, Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia). Below is Jonathan's performance and you can watch the whole evening here - 'An Evening With Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes'.

Don't Go Into The Cellar

Formed in 2010, Don't Go Into The Cellar! are the UK’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein.

The company is based in the heart of the West Midlands, and the region has links with some of the greatest Victorian and Edwardian genre writers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began his career as a writer while practicing medicine in Birmingham and Fu Manchu's creator, Sax Rohmer, was born there, too. Washington Irving penned his classic horror tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" whilst living in Birmingham, and Charles Dickens performed often at the second city's Town Hall, giving the very first public reading of "A Christmas Carol" there in 1853.The famous humourist Jerome K. Jerome, author of "Three Men in a Boat" was born in nearby Walsall. Both he and Dickens were marvellous exponents of the macabre tale when the mood took them, and the spirits of all these nineteenth-century greats haunt our stage-work.

Using a talented and versatile troupe of professionally-trained actors and crew, we perform at theatres, festivals, schools and events across the United Kingdom.

Under the COVID19 pandemic, most of our performances have had to be online which has proved demanding and challenging. You can see all the upcoming live and online performances on our Don't Go Into The Cellar Facebook Page.

Jonathan Goodwin

Artistic Director Jonathan Goodwin has been fascinated with the Victorian and Edwardian eras since childhood, and especially the works of Conan Doyle, Stoker, Stevenson, M R James and their ilk. Indeed, the first novel he can recall reading is The Hound of the Baskervilles, when he was six or so. Jonathan was an avid viewer of the black and white Sherlock Holmes films, the Bela Lugosi and the Boris Karloff films, and the early Hammer Horrors back in the days when they were still screened on TV. Little could he have known that all of that would one day lead to his following in their footsteps on stage! Indeed, he even corresponded several times with Peter Cushing on the topic of acting, when Goodwin was still a teenager. Of course, Peter Cushing was one of the first actors a young Goodwin watched playing Sherlock Holmes, in fact, along with Basil Rathbone.

They remain his favourites to this day, along with Jeremy Brett, naturally. Jonathan is an omnivorous reader and a bit of a bookworm. On his bookshelves are innumerable titles on Victorian and Edwardian crime, plus works by all the late nineteenth century's greats of popular fiction. But he always allows his imagination free rein when writing scripts, and thinks a degree of artistic licence is allowed when crafting a piece of entertainment – however macabre the subject matter!

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MX Publishing is an independent publisher of Sherlock Holmes books with over 150 authors, 400 books, 1000 stories, 1m printed books and hundreds of books now in audio. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the largest Holmes collection in world with 15 volumes, 100+ authors, 7,000+ pages and 330+ stories. All author royalties from the collection go to Stepping Stones School at Undershaw with over $45,000 raised to date.

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