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A Scandal From Bohemia (The Music Firm)

By | Published on Thursday 11 August 2022

Stacey Haber’s dramatic sequel to Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ is an attempt to free Irene Adler of ‘misogynistic’ interpretations making her a villain, and to give a 21st Century nod to inclusion. Performed here, though, Adler comes across as unremarkable and fuddy, and in a Victorian setting a gay relationship would not have been as accepted. The cast of five are regrettably wooden, lighting errors mean sometimes the actors are in darkness, and scene changes are clumsy and less than swift. This said, the mystery of who stole the diamond bracelet is not a concern, and a potential international incident if it isn’t is not credible. It’s a show which needs more rehearsal time, and clearer direction.

C cubed, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Catherine Meek]