The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

DUMBO, Brooklyn at the GK ArtsCenter
29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Performances through April 23, 2016.

It's no mystery, Brooklyn audiences were captivated with Aquila's adaptation of
 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"Desiree Sanchez has created yet another piece of theatrical genius"
"They made me want to read Sherlock Holmes all over again!"

See what else the critics said here


The legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London's most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing the most intimate details of a person's life. Sherlock is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician - is there anything Sherlock Holmes can't do? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vivid characters jump from the page weaving a tale of suspense and intrigue. In addition to Holmes, many of Doyle's other well known creations are on hand such as; the trusted sidekick Dr. Watson and Irene Adler, the woman who got away, and the only woman to have won Sherlock's respect. Doyle, in addition to being an author, was also a physician. He infused Holmes with terrific skills in forensic science and logical reasoning. One hundred and twenty five years after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature. The Aquila Theatre brings its energetic physical style to this new adaptation for the theater. With actors drawn from the top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride.


Kirsten Foster (Violet Hunter, Effie Munro, Irene Adler) trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was born and grew up in Hong Kong, and received a Bachelors degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.  Recent theatre credits include: Pig Girl (Finborough, Theatre), Lennon (Royal Court Liverpool) and Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic). Recent television credits include: ITV's Jekyll and Hyde, Law and Order: UK and Lewis; Sky's Critical and BBC's Eastenders.

Peter Groom (Dr. Watson) trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Theatre credits include: MEAT (Schaubühne, Berlin), Ring of Fire (Courtyard Rep Company), Talking Heads (Triple C Theatre). Dance credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Stuttgart Ballet), Nur Du (Tanztheater Wuppertal) and "One Side To The Other" (Akram Khan Company).

Michael Rivers (Miss Stopper, Landlady, Bar Keeper, Mr. Toller, Grant Munro, Norton, Elderly Woman) trained at East 15 Acting School. In 2011 he founded the acclaimed theatre company d'Animate. Recent theatre credits include: Continental Fist Fight (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre), Dear Darwin (National Theatre Madrid), Samuel Beckett's Rough's (The Phoenix Theatre), Bitesize Chekhov (The Courtyard Theatre), Super Tramp (One Man Show at Edinburgh Fringe), A Mid Summer Nights Dream (Shakespearence RSC), and The Green Room (The Mill Arts Centre). Television Credits include: Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Shameless (Channel Four), The Cafe (Sky One), Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic /Raw TV), and Of Gods And Mortals (Sky Pilot). Commercials include: Oral B, HTC and UBS. Michael is also a freelance Director and Writer. He is currently working on The Land Doth Sing And Cry with d'Animate.

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Jackie Schram (Sherlock Holmes) trained at The New School for Drama in New York. Originally from outside Boston, she is now based out of New York City. Theatre Credits include 'Woman' in The 39 Steps (US Tour), Queen Elizabeth I in The Lost Colony (Waterside Theatre), Essie in You Can't Take It With You (Florida Repertory Theatre), Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost (New School for Drama), and Skriker in Caryl Churchill's The Skriker (New School for Drama).

Hemi Yeroham (Mr. Rucastle, Woman, King of Bohemia, Cab Driver, Clergy, Shabbily Dressed Man) was born in Istanbul and trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Highlights from his work are Stage: Farid, the Genie, in Operation Magic Carpet (Polka Theatre), David in Single (UK Tour), Jester in Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre), Caliban in The Tempest and Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), Sirwan in  66 Minutes in Damascus (LIFT Festival & Sao Paolo Biennal, Brazil), Prince Khalifa (Best Actor Award) in Yo Valet! (New Diorama), Sayid in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine (Netherlands Tour), Gus in Cradle Will Rock (Arcola Theatre), Orhan in Shadow Language (Theatre 503), Ahmad in The Container (site-specific regional tour), Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew (Bridewell Theatre). Television and film credits include: Ramy in Tyrant (FX, US), Salim in Common People (Sky Atlantic), Emin in Closed Circuit (Working Title) and Dimitri in Mamma Mia (Universal). Radio credits include: Turnpike Lane (Urban Scrawl), The Long View, Ambridge Extra, Forgiving, The Cool Bag Baby and Poppyseeds (all for BBC). Hemi can be seen in the latest global campaign for Turkish Airlines. He also regularly works as a voiceover artist, recording a wide range of work from in-flight announcements for major airlines to video games. 


creative Team

Desiree SanchezDirector and Adaptor, has directed this season’s production of  Romeo & Juliet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the past productions of The Tempest and Wuthering Heights for the 2014/2015 season, and the past productions of Twelfth Night and Fahrenheit 451 for the 2013/2014 season, A Female Philoctetes at BAM Fisher’s Hillman Studio, The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac for the 2012/13 season, Herakles at BAM in March 2013 and the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens in July, 2012, Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest for the 2011/12 season, and Six Characters in Search of an Author for the 2010/11 season; created movement for Aquila’s A Very Naughty Greek Play (Aristophanes’ Wasps), Catch-22Julius CaesarThe Iliad: Book One and The Comedy of Errors; performed in The Iliad: Book One at The Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; and was the lead teaching artist for Aquila’s Shakespeare Leaders program in Harlem.  Desiree had a twenty-year dancing career including working as a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet where she worked under the direction of numerous directors and choreographers that included Francesca Zambello, Mark Lamos, Doug Varone, John Dexter, Franco Zeffirelli, Julie Taymor, and Andrei Konchalovsky. Other companies and choreographers she has worked with include the Boston Ballet, Neo Labos Dancetheatre, Donald Bryd/The Group, Sean Curran, Gelsey Kirkland, Bill T. Jones, Heidy Latsky, Eun Me Ahn in Korea, and Robert La Fosse. She has also collaborated with the Winnipeg Contemporary Dance Company of Canada and the Delfos Danza Compania of Mexico. She performed for the Papermill Playhouse as a featured dancer in the musicals, Carousel and The King and I. She has also taught at Long Island University, as a visiting associate professor of dance, Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech and has a Certificate of Movement Therapy from The New School and is a proud graduate of Walnut Hill School of the Arts.

Bob RogersLighting Designer and Technical Director, is also Aquila Theatre’s Production Manager. Bob has been involved in Technical Theatre for 10+ years, however, his most recent endeavors include Production Manager/Technical Director for Penobscot Theatre, Technical Director for Gretna Theatre, and Technical Director for Aquila’s 2014-15 tour season. He has also been involved with everything from Assistant Tent Boss for the Zerbini Circus or a Chief Pilot of Maintenance at a $2.5 million dollar helium balloon in TN. Bob’s also been to Qinhuangdao, China where he was the Technical Director for an international cooperation project for the theme park show: Snow White’s Birthday Adventure! 

Clare Amos, Costume Designer, trained at London College of Fashion. She has previously designed the costumes for Aquila Theatre for Twelfth Night, Fahrenheit 451, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Previous Costume Design includes: Lovesong of an Electric Bear (The Hope Theatre, London) The Firebird (Corbett Theatre), Once Upon A Nightmare (Courtyard Theatre, and Edinburgh Festival), Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse), The Day Shall Declare It (Marylebone Gardens/Los Angeles Performance Practice),The Shape of Things (Associate Costume Design, Arcola Theatre), The
Door (Park Theatre), A Scent of Flowers (The Brockley Jack), Early Days (Finborough Theatre), The 8th Continent and Microwave (Tristan Bates Theatre), Top Girls and Victory (Waterloo East), Celebrity Night at Cafe Red (Trafalgar Studios - Revival), The Hit (Set and Costume Co-design, Hotel Indigo), Translunar Paradise, The Big Smoke and Odyssey (Theatre Ad Infinitum, Edinburgh Festival and International Tours), Dido & Aeneas (Associate Costume Design, Coming Up Festival/Silent Opera), Emperor Self (Arcola Theatre),Women of Manhattan (The Old Red Lion Theatre), 'Dentity Crisis and 2+2+2 (Kings Head Theatre). Nerea Villares worked as Costume Maker on this production. Special thanks to Anett Black and Victoria Smart, for their assistance with the design.

Ellie Engstrom, Projection Designer, is a freelancing theater designer in New York City. Along with projection design, she dabbles in scenic, lighting, and props design and currently works as a carpenter at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Most recent credits include: Props Master at Central City Opera for their 2015 summer season, Scenic Designer for In Flight (Turn To Flesh Productions, The Workshop Theater), Projection Design for Macbeth (Kent State University Trumbull Campus), Lighting Design for Cedars (Mirage Theater Co., La Mama), Props Coordinator for Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Bucks County Playhouse), and Scenic Designer and Props Master for Back: A Tragedy Party (Poetic Theater Productions, The Cell Theater). To see more of Ellie's work visit

Gus Jacobson, Company Stage Manager, is also Aquila Theatre Company's Company Manager. Gus has a Bachelors in Educational Theatre from NYU with a focus on Performance and Dramatic Literature. He teaches and performs extensively with companies in New York and abroad, including most recently The Yellow Finch Project, a company devoted to creating theatre for young audiences with Autism.