Producers at Starvox Entertainment and June Entertainment have announced that James Maslow and Renne Olstead will join David Arquette on stage in Sherlock Holmes. Maslow, best known for playing the role of James Diamond in Nickelodeon’s ‘Big Time Rush,’ will star as the legendary Dr. John Watson and Olstead, who played Madison Cooperstein in ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ will take on the role of the well-to-do-American, Lady Irene St. John.
Both actors will make their stage debut in this new, and original adaptation. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales, penned by the late playwright Greg Kramer and directed by Andrew Shaver, Sherlock Holmes is scheduled to play Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria Street) from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8.
The eleven member acting company includes much of the original cast from the Montreal Segal Centre production that premiered in May 2013, also directed by Shaver. Shaver will restage the show for a North American tour, launching a six-performance, “Tour Preview” engagement on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles, followed by additional runs in Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, with subsequent cities planned into 2016.
The cast includes Kyle Gatehouse as Professor Moriarty along with Patrick Costello, Graham Cuthbertson, Matt Gagnon, Barbara Gordon, Karl Graboshas, Trent Pardyand Amy Rutherford.
Watson is a veteran doctor with steady hands for surgery and firing weapons! Maslow was honoured to have the opportunity to take on the role that has been played by such great actors as James Mason, Robert Duvall, Jude Law, Martin Freeman and Ben Kingsley, amongst countless others. The actor noted, it represents “a chance to stretch and show audiences a whole new side of the man who is often portrayed as dim-witted compared to the brilliant, emotionally-detached analytical machine that Holmes can sometimes be.” He added, “Greg Kramer’s wildly clever script, and working alongside David Arquette, has been a great gift. I serve not only as the sidekick but as a great and intelligent foil – even though as Holmes is known to state, ‘I see, but do not observe’.”
In Sherlock Holmes, Lady Irene St.-John is the American wife of Lord Neville St. John who goes missing early in this new theatrical adventure. In the course of the action, Scotland Yard turns to Sherlock Holmes to help solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance. “I love Irene,” exclaimed Olstead, “she shows that even back then, brainy is the new sexy. Irene is manipulative, devious, enigmatic, and clever enough to give even Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. David (Arquette) and I are having a blast in rehearsals discovering the many shades beneath her ruthless and cold exterior and her emotional intelligence towards the great ‘consulting detective’.”
Local performance schedule and ticket information:
Sherlock Holmes will be staged at The Ed Mirvish Theatre from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8 with performances Tuesday – Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.