Rumpus Theatre Company’s two-night stay at the Kings this week featured an actor whose voice is universally known – but who most would pass in the street.
Nicholas Briggs – supplier of Dalek and Cyberman voices to the BBC’s Doctor Who – steps from behind the microphone to play Conan Doyle’s most famous character in a mighty performance. Supported by just two other actors, A Study in Fear shows Briggs is capable of much more than his voice-work.
Ian Sharrock, playing Dr Watson, acts as narrator – but Briggs is responsible for carrying the majority of the dialogue.
I wasn’t always convinced by Sharrock. His performance spoke more of caricature than characterisation, and he lacked the gravitas of a doctor.
There’s a cracking twist – although it’s sledgehammer-signposted – which give Briggs the opportunity to really pull out all the acting-stops. It could be cringingly bad; it’s definitely not.
It’s an entertaining evening – though possibly not for Holmes purists.