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Comedian Joe Pasquale takes on Sherlock Holmes
COMEDIAN and King of the I’m a Celebrity jungle Joe Pasquale is taking on a role most recently associated with serious actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jnr, but it has its own twist.
Joe stars in the parody Ha Ha Holmes! And the Hound of the Baskervilles at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on Sunday, November 3, and The Orchard in Dartford on November 15.
Joe said he was eager to take on the role of the famous sleuth because it was so different.
He said: “All the roles I’ve played before have basically been me.
“Sherlock Holmes is a real stretch for me. But I’ve loved it.”
Famed for his stand-up, Joe has recently branched out into acting with spots in Spamalot, The Nerd, the Wizard of Oz and Doctor in the House with Robert Powell.
He said: “I like the discipline of it. Stand-up is very different, as you can go wherever you like.
“In a play, you have to stick to the script more rigidly. What I like about Ha Ha Holmes! is that it incorporates both disciplines.
“You can go off on a tangent about tortoises, but you have to come back to the script eventually.”
Joe said the wonderfully ridiculous Ha Ha Holmes is “a really innovative, really funny play about Holmes’s methods of solving crimes, and audiences will love getting wrapped up in it.”
He character and stories lend themselves to comic treatment, he said.
“The relationship between Holmes and Watson is funny,” he said. “Holmes is the master criminal hunter and Watson is his apprentice – there is great scope for comedy there.
“Look at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films – there is a lot of humour in them.
“We’re simply heightening what’s already there.
“It’s Monty Python meets Men Behaving Badly meets Sherlock Holmes.”
Ha Ha Holmes! And the Hound of the Baskervilles is at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on Saturday, November 3, and The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Sunday, November 15.
Go to atgtickets.com/Bromley or orchardtheatre.co.uk.
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