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06.11 – 07.21.2019
Gil Cates Theater
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Inspired by The New Yorker article Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic by David Grann, the play centers around the true story of the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, the world’s foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes. After spending two decades searching for the missing papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Green came close to unlocking the secrets behind Holmes’ creator when he tracked down an elusive box which was said to be cursed.What is fact and what is fiction? With multiple suspects and competing motives, Green’s death raises questions that may be answered only by Holmes himself. Mysterious Circumstances uses breathtaking theatricality and magic to uncover the mystery behind this true crime, featuring Emmy nominee Alan Tudyk (Spamalot, Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Richard Lancelyn Green & Sherlock Holmes.
This play was commissioned as part of the Geffen Playhouse's New Play Development Program thanks to the generosity of The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.
This production contains loud music, strobe effects and theatrical haze. Due due to some language and violence, Mysterious Circumstances is not recommended for children under 12.
The American and others
Chester and others
Conan Doyle and others
Smith and others
Watson and others
Touie and others
Richard Lancelyn Green / Sherlock Holmes
Mysterious Circumstances Behind-the-Scenes
Mysterious Circumstances Opening Night
Patrons enjoy opening night at the Geffen Playhouse.
Mysterious Circumstances Production Photos
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Gil Cates Theater