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Thursday 25 July

Improvisation Workshop - 6.30pm  (1.5 hours)
The Round Tower

Learn the rudiments of improvisation! Can a murder mystery be made up on the spot? A Dickens novel? A Shakespeare play? Discover your inner playwright and clown – or just mess around and have fun – in a supportive, silly atmosphere with the cast of The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes. 

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Performance - 'The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes' - 8.30pm (1 hour)
The Round Tower

No script, Sherlock! Stars of the Edinburgh, Adelaide and Perth Fringes take you on a thrilling improvised romp through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London’s greatest detective. Light your (imaginary) pipe as an engrossing spontaneous mystery tale unfolds before you. Family friendly.

'A spectacular production, crafted at furious speed and leaves its audience crying with laughter' **** (

'Excellent... very funny and beautifully devious' **** (

'Copious amounts of talent and boundless potential' **** (

'Total mastery' ***** (

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Wednesday 31 July 

Sherlock Holmes Radio Drama Workshop - Open Drop-In Session from 1-3pm
Activities Room in Portsmouth City Museum

Radio was the first broadcast medium and before film and television people religiously tuned-in to their favourite radio programs - with families gathering at home to listen to the radio in the evening. The stories travelling across the airwaves could take them to different countries, different time periods and even different worlds...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories became firm Old Time Radio favourites with 'The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce famously broadcast from 1939 until 1943 in the USA.

Join us at our radio drama workshop and explore the process behind creating these audio drama productions. Listen to some Old Time Radio shows, read the scripts, then rehearse and record your own Sherlock Holmes scenes!

Have fun with our live sound effects desk creating footsteps, horses, storms and everything in between from a variety of everyday objects - your imagination is the limit!

You will be able to take away a copy of your recordings.

A little girl in a dress opening a wooden gate in the background; in the foreground, a black sheep on the left, three stray bags in the middle and a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes in the front.

Thursday 1 August

'The Adventure of the Speckled Band - A Live Radio Play' - 7pm
The Round Tower

Come and be a part of a live radio recording of this classic Sherlock Holmes adaptation! Using a 1930's radio script from the Conan Doyle Archive, Lantern Light Theatre Company bring this stirring adventure to life for radio, featuring an ensemble cast and live sound effects desk...

Early one morning Holmes and Watson are visited in 221B Baker Street by a young bride in fear for her life - what was the cause of her sister's mysterious death and the meaning of their stepfather's abrupt behaviour? And most curiously of all - how can Mr. Holmes explain her sister's last words: 'It's the band.... the speckled band!'....

Featuring the return of Duncan Drury, Stewart James Barham, Tom Dussek and Sophie Flack from last year's production of 'Sherlock's Poisons' and joined by Lucy Mepstead as Julia Stoner with Dan Skelt on sound & lighting.

Tickets are free, but there is limited space so advance reservation is recommended!

Book your free ticket to the Speckled Band live radio play online

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Thursday 8 August 

Sherlock Science - 10am to 3pm
Portsmouth Museum, Activities room

(Shows will be approximately every 30 minutes)

Sherlock was the first “scientific detective” but there’s a mystery inside his laboratory, so follow the clues and find out how his methods work...

Sherlock Science is back for another year of excitement and fun! Can you help Sherlock with his chemistry and science conundrums?


'Miss Sherlock Holmes - A Triple Bill' - 7pm
The Round Tower

A triple bill of three short Sherlock Holmes stage plays - written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his contemporaries:

  • 'The Crown Diamond' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  • 'The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes' by William Gillette
  • 'Christmas Eve' by S.C. Roberts 

Set in contemporary Baker Street, join Lantern Light Theatre Company as we delve into the dark underworld of London's devious crime scene with Miss Sherlock Holmes and her loyal companion Dr. Jane Watson.

Across three separate evenings Miss Holmes is visited at home by: a desperate woman searching for her boyfriend, a terrified robbery victim and the dark and deadly villain known only as 'The Colonel'.

Drugs, danger, diamonds - it's just a standard night in for Miss Sherlock Holmes...

Tickets are free, but places are limited to advance reservation is recommended!

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Thursday 15 August 

'The Hound of the Baskervilles - A Live Radio Play' - 7pm
The Round Tower

Come and be a part of a live radio recording of one of Sherlock Holmes' most famous stories! Recording in the beautifully atmospheric setting of the historic Round Tower, Lantern Light Theatre Company bring this terrifying adventure vividly to life for radio.

Increasingly haunted in the last few days of his life by the sinister legend of the hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moor by Baskerville Hall. Declared a simple case of heart failure by the coroner, but friend and neighbour, Dr. Mortimer is not convinced. Disturbed by the idea that darker forces are at play and fearful for the life of the new heir - Sir Henry Baskerville - he pays a visit to the world famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. 

His story piques the interest of the brilliant mind, who, however chooses to send the ever faithful Dr. Watson as his deputy to accompany Sir Henry Baskerville to Baskerville Hall. Watson and Sir Henry alone attempt to unravel the complicated tangle of affairs in Dartmoor while the net draws ever tighter and the terrible howls draw ever closer and .... just where is Sherlock Holmes?

Come and join us - if you dare....

Suitable for ages 13+

Tickets are free, but there is limited space so advance reservation is recommended!

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