Mercury Theater Chicago presents

January 20 2016 - March 20 2016


Book by John Reeger
Music and Lyrics by Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler
Directed by Warner Crocker

Join Sherlock Holmes and author Arthur Conan Doyle in this world-premiere musical adventure. nspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When Doyle's adoring public reads that Mr. Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of “The Wyrley Ripper”.