Downsizing is a good thing – especially when a friend downsizes some goodies my way!
Such was the happy case recently when playwright/composer Mark Friedman gifted me with a nicely framed poster from John Wood’s legendary turn as Sherlock Holmes in the iconic William Gillette play on Broadway in the mid-1970s. Mark attended the play and bought the poster, which now resides on the wall of my Sherlock Holmes library.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s
I love the way the poster hyped the melodramatic aspects of the play – which is, after all, a melodrama. It noted the presence of:
GENUINE LONDON FOG • TRAP DOORS
SECRET PASSAGES • GAS CHAMBERS
HIDDEN ELEVATORS • A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
A DASTARLY ASSORTMENT OF VILLAINS
A PLOT TO TOPPLE KINGDOMS
AN UNBELIEVABLE ENDING
Yes, the ending is unbelievable to most Sherlockians – the most unbelievable part of the whole play, to me.