Sherlock Holmes

Music and words by Lliam Paterson


Adapted from 'The Sign of Four' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


April 2022


Research and Development at East Riding Theatre


Supported by Radcliffe Trust

‘The game’s afoot’ this April as we start work on a new operatic adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories

Based on one of Conan Doyle’s most popular Sherlock stories - The Sign of Four - this new opera will find innovative ways to bring the mystery and excitement of the world’s most famous detective to life.


Created by Scottish composer and librettist Lliam Paterson, in April we will be undertaking a week of research and development on the opera at Beverley’s East Riding Theatre. Our long term ambition is to tour the finished piece to theatres in towns and cities across the North of England where there is little access to live opera.


David Ward (Artistic Director) - “For our first full opera commission we wanted to find a subject that would both be familiar to audiences, and enable us to try something new theatrically and musically within opera. Sherlock Holmes presents us with so many exciting opportunities and challenges that we and Lliam can’t wait to start bringing our ideas to the stage in April”


If you’d like to find out more about the project, or would be interested in working with us as the opera develops, please contact David Ward.