After 8 months touring the UK it’s the final four performances of Blackeyed Theatre’s acclaimed stage adaptation of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VALLEY OF FEAR. Over the months the company have played just short of 40 venues finishing at the New Theatre in Cardiff through till Friday.

This gripping show full of mystery and adventure, combining original music, stylish theatricality and magical storytelling for an unforgettable theatrical experience. Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel, the production promises something very special for fans of the original writing of Sir Arthur.

A mysterious, coded message is received, a warning of imminent danger, drawing Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr Watson into a tale of intrigue and murder stretching from 221B Baker Street to an ancient, moated manor house to the bleak Pennsylvanian Vermissa Valley. Faced with a trail of bewildering clues, Holmes begins to unearth a darker, wider web of corruption, a secret society and the sinister work of one Professor Moriarty.

Adapted by NICK LANE and with original music composed by TRISTAN PARKES, The Valley of Fear sees LUKE BARTON (One Man, Two Guvnors, New Wolsey/Nuffield Theatres UK Tour) and JOSEPH DERRINGTON (The Importance of Being Earnest, MAC Belfast) reprise their critically acclaimed roles as the iconic duo Holmes and Watson. The cast also includes BLAKE KUBENA (Vikings, Amazon Prime/History Channel), GAVIN MOLLOY (The Alchemist, Riverside Studios) and ALICE OSMANKSI (Some Mothers Do Ave Em, UK Tour).

Artistic Director of Blackeyed Theatre ADRIAN MCDOUGALL told us…….

“We’ve been so heartened by the audience reaction to The Valley of Fear, both for the live tour and the online stream. There’s so much to enjoy, from the performances to the design to the ingenious script, which manages to condense the novel’s two narratives into a joyous, stylish piece of theatre. And how lovely that audiences are revelling in the opportunity to help solve this epic mystery!”

No sooner had the company pulled into Cardiff than Luke Barton (Sherlock Holmes) settled into his dressing room, fired up his phone and chatted to us about the show. As this was also his first visit to the New Theatre he clearly couldn’t contain his excitement at the thought of performing in such an iconic venue…….


SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VALLEY OF FEAR opens this evening at the New Theatre in Cardiff running through to Friday. Performances are at 7:30pm with a 2:30pm matinee on Thursday. For more details and tickets, go HERE.