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Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage

Post-Millennial Adaptations in British Theatre


  • Explores the Sherlock Holmes phenomenon from the perspective of theatre

  • Represents a timely and topical study focusing particularly on the last five years

  • Analyses the relationships between the film, television and theatre Sherlocks


Part of the Adaptation in Theatre and Performance book series (ATP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Benjamin Poore
    Pages 103-119
  3. Benjamin Poore
    Pages 185-211
  4. Benjamin Poore
    Pages 213-233
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-258

About this book


This book investigates the development of Sherlock Holmes adaptations in British theatre since the turn of the millennium. Sherlock Holmes has become a cultural phenomenon all over again in the twenty-first century, as a result of the television series Sherlock and Elementary, and films like Mr Holmes and the Guy Ritchie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. In the light of these new interpretations, British theatre has produced timely and topical responses to developments in the screen Sherlocks’ stories. Moreover, stage Sherlocks of the last three decades have often anticipated the knowing, metafictional tropes employed by screen adaptations. This study traces the recent history of Sherlock Holmes in the theatre, about which very little has been written for an academic readership. It argues that the world of Sherlock Holmes is conveyed in theatre by a variety of games that activate new modes of audience engagement.


Theatre Film Television Robert Downey Jr. Detective Adaptation theory Canon Benedict Cumberbatch Arthur Conan Doyle

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre, Film and TelevisionUniversity of YorkHeslingtonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

​Benjamin Poore is Lecturer in Theatre at the University of York. He is the author of Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre (Palgrave, 2011) and Theatre & Empire (Palgrave, 2016). He is the author of numerous articles on the adaptation and afterlives of Victorian fiction on screen and stage.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage
  • Book Subtitle Post-Millennial Adaptations in British Theatre
  • Authors Benjamin Poore
  • Series Title Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-46962-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69170-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-46963-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre and Performance Studies
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