THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Statue Festival 1999

TABLE OF EVENTS


Click on the Event for further information.

Tuesday, 21st September Reception at Tower Bridge, London SE1.
Wednesday, 22nd September Evening at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1.
Thursday, 23rd September Unveiling Ceremony at Baker Street Station, Marylebone Road, London NW1.
  A Holmesian Evening at The Players’ Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2.
Friday, 24th September Lunch at The Mövenpick Marché Restaurant, Bressenden Place, London SW1.
  Tea Party at The House of Lords, London SW1.
  Film Evening at The Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2.
Saturday, 25th September Gathering at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Presentation of the Statue to The City of Westminster at Baker Street Station, Marylebone Road, London NW1.
  "Meet the Musgraves" at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8.
  Gala Performance of "Sherlock Holmes ... The Last Act" at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8.
Sunday, 26th September International Symposium at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, Imperial College Road, London SW7.
  Visit to the Studio of John Doubleday, Great Totham, Essex.

Click HERE for Booking Form

LIST OF EVENTS

Tuesday, 21st September

Reception at Tower Bridge, London SE1.

As a fitting opening venue for the festival there could be no finer place than Tower Bridge which is to the world as famous a symbol of London as Holmes himself. It was opened in 1894, the year of the great detective’s return to London after the Great Hiatus. A drinks reception will be held in the high-level walkways with their dramatic views over the Thames and central London. There will be a formal welcome from the senior resident judge at the Central Criminal Court (better known as The Old Bailey), His Honour Judge Michael Hyam, the Recorder of London. The President and Chairman of the Society will both also speak. For those who wish, a tour of the bridge will be available beforehand.

Tour £20/$37 NOTE: 5.45pm Tour not available, but tickets will be valid earlier in the day

7pm Reception £15/$28

Return to Top

Wednesday, 22nd September

Evening at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1.

The British Library is one of the finest repositories of books in the world. It has its origins with the royal collection of King George III. Housed until 1998 in the British Museum the library has now moved to a modern building in St Pancras, which has 150 miles of shelving. The evening will be held in the Library’s impressive auditorium. Besides an introductory talk on the Library itself by a member of the staff there will be talks by Richard Lancelyn Green on Holmesian bibliography, a subject on which he is the leading authority, and by Bernard Davies on maps and timetables. It is hoped that some of the Library’s most important Holmesian items will be on display. STOP PRESS: A brick from Holmes' house at 221b Baker Street will be auctioned.

6.30pm Talks £9/$17

Return to Top

Thursday, 23rd September

Unveiling Ceremony at Baker Street Station, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

(Victorian costume optional)

It is intended that the formal unveiling of the statue will be held on this day outside the south entrance of Baker Street Station. Speeches will be given by the President of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the Chairman of Abbey National PLC and on behalf of London Transport.

11.30 am Unveiling No charge, but access to the statue area by ticket only

Return to Top

Thursday, 23rd September

A Holmesian Evening at The Players’ Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2.

(Victorian costume encouraged)

Victorian Music Hall is alive and well and plays nightly at the Players Theatre near Charing Cross Station. For the festival the directors of the theatre have devised a special Holmesian evening with plenty of appropriate period songs and even a specially created comic sketch. The programme will be proceeded by dinner in the theatre’s restaurant.

6pm Drinks and dinner

8.15pm Performance £24/$45 [£15/$28 to members of the Players’ Theatre. Please insert membership number on the booking form.]

Return to Top


Friday, 24th September

Lunch at The Mövenpick Marché Restaurant, Bressenden Place, London SW1.

This will be an opportunity for an entirely informal meeting of festival participants without any fixed programme of events. The self-service restaurant, which is close walking distance to Victoria Station as well as the House of Lords, is part of the well-known Swiss chain and specialises in individually prepared and cooked dishes. The charge will entitle participants to a blue voucher, which can be presented at the various counters to obtain food and drinks. Food, tea and coffee are included in the price. Other drinks may be ordered and will be entered on the card and paid for on the day. Various items of commemorative merchandise will be on sale in the restaurant during the day and, it is hoped, throughout the festival.

From 12 noon Food, tea and coffee £15/$28

Return to Top

Friday, 24th September

Tea Party at The House of Lords, London SW1.

For some years the Society has held its Annual Dinner in the House of Commons and at the back to Baker Street Festival in 1994 we were entertained to tea there also. On this occasion we are fortunate, through the sponsorship of our member Lord Cottesloe, to have the opportunity of enjoying tea in the opulent surroundings of the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords. The Upper House is more canonical than the Lower in view of the large number of peers who feature in Holmes’ cases, most notably perhaps in this context the cabinet ministers Lord Holdhurst and the Duke of Holdernesse and Lord Bellinger, the prime minister. Please note that numbers will be quite limited.

3.30pm Tea £16/$30

Return to Top

Friday, 24th September

Film Evening at The Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2.

In October or November each year the Society presents a film evening at the Museum of London. On this occasion there will be a difference from the usual emphasis on drama films. The programme will feature almost entirely material from the British Film Archive and will be presented by Mr Luke McKernan of the Archive. The first half will comprise documentary footage, mostly of London, from the turn of the century. These little seen films of horse-drawn London, of which a surprising number from the 1890's exist, vividly bring to life the world of Sherlock Holmes. The Victorian Empire extended all round the world and Holmes’ own travels took him to a number of exotic, far flung places. A particular treat will be a rare showing of film from the 1912 Coronation Durbar of the King Emperor George V in Delhi. Other items on the bill will be a film about the Society’s first excursion to Switzerland in 1968 and the 1931 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

7pm Film show £12/$22

Return to Top

Saturday, 25th September

Gathering at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Presentation of the Statue to The City of Westminster at Baker Street Station, Marylebone Road, London NW1.

(Victorian costume encouraged)

The morning’s festivities will commence with coffee at Lord’s Cricket Ground, world headquarters of cricket and home of the Marylebone Cricket Club of which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a member. A procession to the statue in costume and including a horse bus and a hansom cab, will be followed by a formal presentation of the statue in perpetuity to the City of Westminster. The Deputy Lord Mayor will accept the gift on behalf of the people of the City. Following the ceremony there will be the judging of a children’s Sherlock Holmes Art competition at the Cockpit Theatre.

10am Coffee/tea and biscuits £4/$7 [A very limited number of seats are available in the horse bus at £40/$76 each]

Return to Top

Saturday, 25th September

"Meet the Musgraves" at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8.

In the afternoon the Northern Musgraves Sherlock Holmes Society will be hosting an event at the Cockpit Theatre. For further information please contact Terry Harding, 2 Bohemia Cottages, Stalybridge, Cheshire SK15 1JY.

Return to Top

Saturday, 25th September

Gala Performance of "Sherlock Holmes ... The Last Act" at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8.

"Sherlock Holmes ... the Last Act" is the latest dramatic piece from David Stuart Davies, noted Holmesian writer, co-founder of the Northern Musgraves and editor of Sherlock Holmes, The Detective Magazine. The one man play stars Roger Llewellyn and will be in the middle of a three week run in London at the time of the festival. On Saturday evening there will be a special performance for the benefit of the festival. Drinks will be served before the performance and the author and performer will appear after the show to talk about the production and to answer questions. Details of the future run of the play are also sent with this mailing.

7.20pm Drinks

8pm Performance £14/$26

Return to Top

Sunday, 26th September

International Symposium at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College, Imperial College Road, London SW7.

Distinguished Holmesian speakers from around the world will address this international symposium on the themes of Sherlock Holmes as ambassador for London and the iconography of Sherlock Holmes. Contributions on these topics will also be encouraged from the floor.

10.30am Coffee

11am Symposium £6/$11

Return to Top


Sunday, 26th September

Visit to the Studio of John Doubleday, Great Totham, Essex.

This excursion will be an opportunity for participants to meet John Doubleday, creator of the statue, see the studio in his grounds where the statue was born and enjoy tea in his very pleasant garden.

2pm Coach trip £8/$15

Return to Top

 

"Sherlock Holmes ... The Last Act"

List of Future Performances

31 July Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Suffolk. (01787-374785)

6-29 August Roman Eagle Lodge, Edinburgh. (0121-6227207)

1 September Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria. (01539-725133)

4 September Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, Merseyside. (0151-645-5755)

20 Sep - 10 Oct Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8. (0171-402-5081)

Tuesday - Sunday at 8pm.

Matinees: Sundays at 4pm; Saturday, 25 September at 4pm.

21-22 October Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, N. Yorkshire. (01723-370541)

 

 

 

Return to Top