For the ‘Life After Sherlock’ tour we have assembled a group of actors who are seasoned performers and passionate ‘Sherlockians!’
The depth of knowledge and sheer enthusiasm of this cast will thrill audiences and bring this drama alive. The plot has many twists and turns and this group of actors have all of the skills that will ensure a performance to remember.
The ‘Life After Sherlock’ Cast for the 2019 Tour
Chris Mortimer (Sherlock Holmes / Jonathan Langdale)
Coming from a family with a strong theatrical and musical background, it was inevitable that Chris should follow in their footsteps in the performing arts. A lifetime in the UK theatre, both musical and drama, continued in Cyprus, where he was awarded ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘Rose Bowl Drama Festival’ in 2009 for his role as Norman in ‘The Dresser’.
In recent years he has played leading roles in “Premiere Group” musicals and numerous productions with the ‘Shakespeare at Curium’ company. Since moving back to Hampshire, he has played many roles including the lead role of Professor Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’. Chris is a student of previous actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, however audiences will see that he has put his own interpretation on this iconic character.
Martin Crawley (Doctor John H Watson)
Martin has been acting in and directing drama since appearing in London several years ago with the acclaimed group Woof! For the last six years he has acted and directed with the Titchfield Festival Theatre. He has played Harry in ‘Staircase’, he has also appeared in ‘Tunnel of Love’, ‘Death and the Maiden’, ‘Absent Friends’, ‘Field Street Monologues’ & played himself in ‘The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)’.
At the Titchfield Festival Theatre, Martin has directed ‘Veronica’s Room’, ‘Once A Catholic’, ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’, ‘The Liver Bird’s’ and in November last year, ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’.
Martin has drawn inspiration from actors who have played the Doctor previously, such as Edward Hardwick and David Burke, but has developed his own style to bring to the role.
Katie Flannagan (Mrs. Hudson)
Katie has for the last 10 years being very actively involved in theatre productions. She has acted, produced and directed many plays and musicals. She has appeared in various roles in productions such as ‘Half a Sixpence’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘Allo Allo’. Katie’s directing credits include ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, Lady’s Day’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘King Arthur’.
Katie has looked to previous Mrs Hudson’s such as Rosalie Williams and Una Stubbs, and has then further developed her own empathetic take on this wonderful fictional character.
Terri Crawley (Nurse Liza Denning / Kitty Watts / Usher/ Mrs Tobin)
Terri has acted for most of her life with various theatrical groups, most recently with the Titchfield Festival Theatre. With the TFT she has portrayed Margaret in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Pam in ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’ and Sister Basil in ‘Once a Catholic’. Terri has also directed several plays including ‘Staircase’, ‘Our Country’s Good’, ‘The Bible: the Complete Word of God (abridged)’.
Last year Terri adapted and directed ‘Diary of a Nobody’, this year, as well as playing multiple roles in ‘Life After Sherlock’, she will be directing ‘A Doctor’s Dilemma’.
Faith Mortimer (Doctor Mary Sacker / Agatha Veil)
Faith is a very versatile actress whose range includes drama, Shakespearian, musical and comedy. Early roles include plays such as ‘Absurd Person Singular’, and ‘She Stoops to Conquer’. From the 90’s onwards, ‘Hay Fever’, ‘Myra the Vamp’, ‘Under Milk Wood’, ‘Lock up Your Daughters’, ‘Cowardy Custard’, ‘Outside Edge’ (Virginia), ‘Dick Whittington’ (Witch).
Ten years in Cyprus included entries in the ‘Rose Bowl Drama Festival’ and roles in ‘The Donahue Sisters’, ‘The Dresser’ (Best Play) and ‘A Pack of Lies’. Faith has also been a member of the “Shakespeare at Ancient Curium” company. Plays/roles for the SAC included ‘Merchant of Venice’ (Nerissa), ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (Apothecary and Sage), ‘Julius Caesar’ (Lady Portia), ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’ and ‘Macbeth’.
Karen Grogan (Ghost of Mary Morstan)
Karen has come back to drama after several years away focusing on business interests.Karen played several notable roles in the eighties, and although she has returned to the theatre she has been primarily involved in backstage management of touring stage productions. This drama will be the first time she has trod the boards for a long while. Her love of all things Sherlockian has drawn her to this particular drama. Karen has also managed the costume design / props for this production.
Roger Minors (Inspector Lestrade)
Roger has been working in drama for over 40 years. He first worked back stage when overseas and upon returning home starred in several plays for the Riverside Players.
He has been a regular performer crossing several genres and played the lead role in ‘Run For Your Wife’
Roger won the best actor award in the Daily Echo Curtain Call awards in 2007.
Mike Grogan (Writer & Artistic Director)
Mike has been a working musician for over 35 years and has recorded with artists such as John (Rabbit) Bundrick, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes. He has performed in different genres with many bands over the years but he is now recognized as an indie artist ‘…this is contemporary folk music at its best’ Music Republic Magazine. Grogan has made several albums including his most recent ‘Too Many Ghosts’, ‘the simple fact is Grogan writes songs that drive home their message & once heard remain a long time’ FolkWords.
Mike made his venture into the theatrical world in 2017 when he wrote and produced a FolkOpera called ‘Private Henry Tandey VC’. This show toured the south in the autumn of 2017. The FolkOpera was based upon a true story that captured the imagination of Mike and led in turn to him penning a dozen songs for the show and writing a script that balanced the juxtaposition of Hero or Villain that Henry Tandey had to reconcile for the rest of his life.
This particular production is the result of a passion that Mike has for all things Sherlockian. He is a member of ‘The Sherlock Holmes Society of London’, and wanted to bring his knowledge and interest to this, which is a different focus of the genre i.e. where the good Doctor is the main protagonist and Holmes plays second ‘fiddle’.
For more about Mike’s music visit….. www.mikegrogan.co.uk