Pen Players Reveal their Sherlock Holmes Connection

Peninsula Players Theatre will present a reading of The Problem of Thor Bridge and A Scandal in Bohemia, accompanied by a reading from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice at Björklunden near Baileys Harbor on Feb. 4, 7 pm. The readings are free and produced with support and in coordination with Door County Reads.

“We thought it would be fun for fans of Door County Reads and of Sherlock Holmes to accompany The Beekeeper’s Apprentice with these radio versions of two of Sir A.C. Doyle’s stories,” said Greg Vinkler, the Peninsula Players Artistic Director. “They originally aired in 1945 starring the well-loved film actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the famous duo. We are reuniting three of our actors, Kevin McKillip, Bill Bannon and Joe Foust, from our [2008] production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, as well as adding actors Molly Glynn and Alan Kopischke to help re-enact these stories.”

Basil Rathbone and Sherlock Holmes are as entwined as the name Rathbone is with Peninsula Players Theatre. Brother and sister, Richard and Caroline Fisher, founded Peninsula Players Theatre in 1935. In 1938, Caroline married Rodion Rathbone, Basil Rathbone’s son. The name Rathbone became well known to those in Door County as the family grew and as Caroline continued to perform on stage at Peninsula Players.

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