Episode 10: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

In the late 1980s, Jeremy Brett commissioned Jeremy Paul to write a play for him. The collaboration yielded The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, which ran for a year in the West End and toured for three months around England. The shores of the United States have never seen the play - until now. In honor of the 120th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in print (1887-2007), Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts is producing the play.

In this episode, we interview the actors Michael Hammond and David Demke and director Robert Walsh, in anticipation of the play's run from September 28 - October 28, 2007. In addition, there will be a Sherlockian weekend in Lenox from October 19-21, 2007. And at the end of the show, there's a listener challenge.

Note: because of some technical difficulties, you may notice us "stepping on" each other's words. For some reason, the audio misaligned, and as I don't record separate tracks for each line, there was no way to edit it. I apologize, but I hope the content makes it worthwhile.

Show notes:
1: 11 Audio clip from the production
1:50 An introduction of the three interviewees, their qualifications, and the background of the play
8:16 Michael Hammond discusses why Shakespeare & Company chose this play
11:38 David Demke tells about his familiarity with the Canon and what he brings to the performance
13:40 Robert Walsh gives his perspective on directing such a play, after having directed Sherlock's Last Case
18:00 The two halves of the play - the known and well-recognized, and the secret
21:21 How to go about getting something new out of time-tested characters
33:04 The challenge of presenting a Holmes play that is not a mystery, the evolution of the characters
35:15 Staging a 2-man play - intimacy factor with the audience in the Founders' Theatre
36:50 Walsh shares his feelings on directing a play for Shakespeare & Co. for the first time
45:01 Burt & Scott discuss the evolution of the characters over time
47:42 Listener challenge - let us know if you attend the show by emailing us and we'll interview you
49:02 The eras of Sherlockians over the years
50:47 Join our group on Facebook

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This week, we take a break from our interview schedule to get back to the basics. We discuss the man who determined the foundations of a good Sherlockian collection and heap lavish praise on our favorite tomes related to the great detective.

Show topics:
3:50 The Shaw 100 as the basis of a number of good Sherlockian books
4:40 A bit about John Bennett Shaw
7:32 Do you have memories of John Bennett Shaw? Call us at (774) 221-READ, email us at comment AT ihearofsherlock DOT com, or comment below
9:03 Burt's favorite book
15:40 What "the hunt" was like before the Internet
19:27 Paxton Whitehead reads "221B" by Vincent Starrett
21:08 Scott's favorite book
28:50 Editor's Gas Lamp, "Let Me Recommend This Book," Vol. 2, No. 2 (Old Series)

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Episode 08: To Keep the Memory Green

Editors Steven Rothman and Nicholas Utechin join us for a chat about a book they have co-edited: To Keep the Memory Green, some recollections from the life of Sherlockian/Doylean scholar and collector Richard Lancelyn Green. We also hear about their respective experiences as editors of the Baker Street Journal and the Sherlock Holmes Journal and the formation of the Quartering Press.

Topics in this episode:
1:30 Listener audio comment
4:30 Nick & Steve give some perspective on their editorial experiences
14:29 A bit about Richard Lancelyn Green
17:20 The genesis of To Keep the Memory Green
21:12Steve recalls memories of Richard, a bus station and plastic carrier bags
23:17 Nick harkens back to the early 1970s and an Oxford connection with his professional Sherlockian friend
24:57 The Baker Street Irregulars and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London join forces
27:00 Quartering together – the fruits of labor
30:35The impetus behind the project – capturing the essence of a “one-off?
40:14 An alternative to the Editor’s Gas Lamp: Richard Lancelyn Green’s introduction from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford annotated edition)
49:24 Final thoughts on Richard’s contribution
52:08 Burt springs a question on Scott
54:32 Hunting through old bookshops
56:10 Scott’s inspiration for collecting – from a movie

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