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My Dear Watson

A Sherlock Holmes Musical

by Jami-Leigh Bartschi

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Synopsis

Act I

Dr. John Watson, a military doctor, arrives in London after being injured in the war.  He encounters Inspector Lestrade, an old friend, and Lestrade reluctantly introduces Watson to Sherlock Holmes. The two agree to share an apartment to help with the rent money. 

Years later, Holmes has just received a telegram informing the murder or Mr. Douglas, a wealthy American, from the nefarious Professor Moriarty. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade investigate the murder. Holmes figures out the strange mystery and finally reveals the surprising conclusion that Mr. Douglas is, in fact, still alive. When the intruder entered the house, Mr. Douglas killed him in self-defense and dressed the man in his clothes to make it look like him.

Meanwhile, Holmes and Watson return to Baker Street.  A man whom we later learn to be Professor Moriarty enters under the pretense that he is a messenger.  Moriarty pulls a gun and shoots, but Watson takes the bullet.  Moriarty escapes. The telegram informs them that Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are dead, and Holmes realizes that they were only pawns in Moriarty’s plot against Holmes. 

Act II

Three months have passed, and Watson has been concerned about Holmes ever since the incident with Moriarty. Holmes returns frightened and asks Watson to accompany him to Switzerland to hide from Moriarty. Watson readily agrees.  Despite their attempts, Moriarty outsmarts them and follows them to Switzerland.  At this point, Holmes comes to the startling realization that the only way to stop Moriarty is through mutual destruction, but does not reveal this to Watson.

Meanwhile, Moriarty, disguised, comes asking for Watson to return to the hotel to tend to an ill woman. Watson, not recognizing Moriarty, is concerned for Holmes’s safety, but he reluctantly leaves, leaving Holmes and Moriarty alone.  In one final attempt to resolve their dispute peacefully, Moriarty attempts to coerce Holmes to become a part of his crime ring. Holmes is momentarily tempted, but ultimately remembers what he must do.  Holmes and Moriarty fight and both fall over the falls. 

A mourning Watson, having returned to London, is sent a package, which contains Holmes’s pipe--an item he had with him when he died.

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