Helen Hayes Theatre, (9/28/1978 - 4/22/1979)

First Preview: Sep 14, 1978
Opening Date: Sep 28, 1978
Closing Date: Apr 22, 1979
Total Previews: 16
Total Performances: 236

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Description: A play in six scenes
Setting: The Red Fort at Agra, India (1857), 221-B Baker Street (1887), Pondicherry Lodge at Maidenhead, the Gate of a Hundred Sorrows, and on the River Thames

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Operated by Lester Osterman

Produced by Lester Osterman, Richard Horner, Terry Allen Kramer and John Wulp

Originally produced at The Studio Arena Theatre (Neal DuBrock, Producer)

Written by Paul Giovanni; Based on characters created by Conan Doyle

Directed by Paul Giovanni

Scenic Design by John Wulp; Costume Design by Ann Roth; Lighting Design by Roger Morgan; Sound Design by Leonard Will; Make-Up Design by Joe Cranzano; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley

Company Manager: Malcolm Allen

Production Stage Manager: Robert L. Borod; Stage Manager: Robert Charles and Alisa Jill Adler; Technical Advisor: Mitch Miller

Special Effects by Bran Ferren

Dialect Coach: Elizabeth Smith; Poster Design by Robert Van Nutt; Consultant for military uniforms and Police Launch design: Robert Van Nutt; Stunt work Coached by Martin LaPlatney; Scenery Supervised by Lynn Pecktal; General Press Representative: Seymour Krawitz; Press Representative: Louise Weiner Ment and Patricia McLean Krawitz; Casting Consultant: Terry Fay; Advertising: The Entertainment Group of J.W.T.; Photographer: Martha Swope

Opening Night Cast

Paxton WhiteheadSherlock Holmes
Glenn CloseIrene St. Claire
Christopher CurryJonathan Small
Andrew DavisMohammed Singh
A Mohammedan
Mordecai Smith
A Sailor
Martin LaPlatneyHopkins
A Policeman
Timothy LandfieldJohn Watson, M.D.
Melvin LumFung Tching
A Chinaman
Tuck MilliganWali Dad
An Afghan
Birdy Johnson
Roumel ReauxTonga
Dwight SchultzMajor Alistair Ross
Nicolas SurovyCaptain Neville St. Claire
Edward ZangDurga Dass
A Hindu
Inspector Lestrade

Understudies: Cynthia Carle (Irene St. Claire), Andrew Davis (Birdy Johnson, Jonathan Small, Wali Dad), Richard Fancy (Durga Dass, Inspector Lestrade, Major Alistair Ross), Mark Hoyt (Hopkins, Mohammed Singh), Jeffrey Jones (Sherlock Holmes), Martin LaPlatney (Captain Neville St. Claire, John Watson, M.D., Mordecai Smith) and Tobee Roberts (Tonga)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1979 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

John Wulp

 1979 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Ann Roth

winner 1979 Best Lighting Design [winner] 

Roger Morgan

 1979 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Paul Giovanni

Drama Desk Award

winner 1979 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 

Roger Morgan

winner 1979 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

John Wulp


New York Daily News: "The Crucifer of Blood"

The following short review appeared in a round-up of plays opening during the newspaper strike.

Early Sherlock Holmes, jumps from India to England, with some magnificent stage effects. A good editor could help, but sit back and enjoy. With Paxton Whitehead at the Helen Hayes.

New York Daily News

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