A two-man comedy gem starring Julian Finnegan and Dominic Goodwin, Holmes and Watson: the Farewell Tour is a delightfully bonkers show from Pyramus and Thisbe Productions. Its premise sees Sherlock Holmes, just before slipping into well-earned retirement, convince Dr Watson, his landlady Mrs Hudson and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard to join him on a farewell tour of the British Isles in which they will re-enact this most baffling unrecorded case.
Shrouded in secrecy until now, this case – an affair upon whose outcome the security of Europe once hung by a thread – has only now been approved by the government for public disclosure.
It is also understood that Mr Holmes has been entrusted by Her Majesty with the conveyance to the Tower of London of the fabled Satsuma Stone – stolen from the crown of William of Orange in the seventeenth century and only recently discovered in a midden in Maastricht. The evening, we are told, may include a glimpse of this priceless gem.
The play garnered glowing reviews when performed before the pandemic, with Julian Finnigan excelling as the straight man Holmes and Dominic Goodwin’s Watson full of comic excellence.
“When we decided to bring the tour back after Covid, we agreed that the need to laugh will never have been greater,” commented Goodwin. “We’re pretty sure this farewell tour will provide that laugh!”
Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour plays at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm, Thurs 30 September. Tickets priced £16, £14, £6 under 16s, available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.