A Sherlock Carol
Opens Nov 29 2h 0m
A Sherlock Carol
84

A Sherlock Carol London Reviews and Tickets

84%
(25 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
8%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

About the Show

The festive comedy mash-up of Sherlock Holmes & 'A Christmas Carol'.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (15)

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182 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You are tired of cliched Christmas carol adaptations and want something new

Don't see it if You don't like Sherlock or fusing Sherlock with a classic story

114 Reviews | 14 Followers
79
Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a christmas show with a murderous twist combining favourite characters

Don't see it if You don't like classic stories to be messed with

57 Reviews | 4 Followers
71
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you do not mind mash ups of classical stories - good show to take children to for something a bit different at Xmas

Don't see it if you are a Sherlock purist and are after a very strong narrative

147 Reviews | 11 Followers
70
Entertaining

See it if Fun mash up, making Sherlock into Ebenezer. A bit slow but picks up in the second half.

Don't see it if Don't like Dickens and Conan Doyle1

28 Reviews | 0 Followers
64
Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You want a fun holiday story

Don't see it if You struggle to follow plots

29 Reviews | 1 Follower
30
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You don't care much about Sherlock Holmes and are happy with thoughtless shlock.

Don't see it if You've read the books and are knowledgeable about the original characterisation; you don't want another clicheed, mainstream interpretation.

11 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Fun, Relevant, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you love Victoriania you will enjoy this Sherlock version of the Christmas classic which jaunts up a (tired) classic in a fun way.

Don't see it if If you pnly want to see Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock

20 Reviews | 1 Follower
75
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if It's a mash up of Sherlock and the story of Scrooge. Basically Scrooge gets murdered and Sherlock has to find out why. Acting and singing.

Don't see it if You don't like detective plays

Critic Reviews (6)

BroadwayWorld
November 24th, 2022
For a previous production

"Mark Shanahan's script stays just the right side of smarmy and sentimental, the performances strike the right note...that we're soon lulled into a charitable mood and forgive the conceit."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 25th, 2022
For a previous production

"The plotting steers narrowly away from convolution and solves the mystery while sprinting through Christmases past, present and future to bring about an ending of carol singing and goodwill for one and all."
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The Arts Desk
December 2nd, 2023
For a previous production

“This kind of entertainment, part tribute, part spoof, is best enjoyed with a belly full of mince pies and mulled wine, a condition of warmed cockles which helps you overlook some of the play’s shortcomings.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
December 4th, 2023
For a previous production

“Some parts are slow, some characters are confusing, and the final payoff doesn’t really make much sense. But as a piece of fan fiction goes, it’s a fun frolic on a wild goose chase that offers up a few laughs and a Christmassy feeling on a cold winter’s night.”
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WhatsOnStage
November 30th, 2022
For a previous production

"Though the production is well-designed, it feels predictable...It's fun and festive for sure, but clings to common tropes with an unwieldy stubborness."
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Time Out London
November 28th, 2022
For a previous production

"A hopeful low-budget stab at a seasonal extravaganza with familiar characters and enough novelty value to allow you to accept that it’s not very good and just enjoy the madness for a couple of hours."
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