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Lucy Popescu’s theatre news: Telling Tales; Sherlock Holmes online; The Poltergeist

28 January, 2021 — By Lucy Popescu

Sherlock Holmes – The Case of the Hung Parliament. Photo: Rah Petherbridge Photography

TELLING Tales returns to Shakespeare’s Globe with a selection of online storytelling and workshops. Their educational practitioners immerse you in the world of Shakespeare’s plays with options for young children through to teenagers. Join by Zoom from January 30-February 21. Ticket prices per household £20-£40. Visit: shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/telling-tales-2021/

Les Enfant Terribles’ immersive online adventure blurs the lines between theatre, gaming, escape room and board game. Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure – The Case of the Hung Parliament will run until March 10. The Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Lord Chamberlain, have been found hanging in their own chambers. Each victim died on their birthday and had received a card with a mysterious quote written in it. What does this mean? Where’s Sherlock? And what will you do with 75 minutes left to solve the case before the murderer strikes again? Public or private shows are available to purchase. Public shows £15pp. Book a private show for £90 and play with up to six players. Visit: sherlockimmersive.com

• Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist, captured at Southwark Playhouse, is streaming until February 28. Sasha was destined to take the art world by storm. At the age of 15, pop stars wanted his paintings, and a new exhibition was going to make him a millionaire. But now he lives in a run-down flat with his out-of-work boyfriend, serves in a stationer’s, and no one’s even heard of him… what went wrong? Ridley’s darkly comic new play is about art, family, memory and being haunted by the life we never lived. Price: £12 (+£3 booking fee) 70 minutes. Visit: southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/livestream/the-poltergeist/

Jermyn Street Theatre presents an all-star cast, including Linda Bassett, Nancy Carrol, Nicholas Le Prevost and Danny Sapani, in a free online reading of William Wycherley’s 1671 comedy Love in a Wood, on Sunday, January 31 at 7pm (running time approx 2 hours 30 minutes). Word spreads fast in Restoration England. When romantic idealist Valentine makes a secret return from exile in France, he hears whispers that his lover Christina has been untrue. Love in a Wood, conceived and directed by Hermione Gulliford, is performed in aid of Equity Charitable Trust, supporting industry professionals in need of urgent assistance. Donations through the following link: justgiving.com/fundraising/hermione-gulliford1 The reading will premiere on Jermyn Street Theatre’s YouTube channel -youtu.be/_KMk54jMPCk

• Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is sadly unable to present 101 Dalmatians, an ambitious musical with complex puppetry and large ensemble cast, as part of their 2021 season. The venue will contact all ticket holders to provide them with a full refund and hope to announce new plans for the production in due course. The new season will open with Romeo and Juliet (June 26-July 24), followed by Carousel (July 30-September18). Visit: openairtheatre.com


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