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COMING SOON: Joe Pasquale stars as Sherlock in Ha Ha Holmes! Yeovil, Octagon
11:39am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in What's On
BENEDICT Cumberbatch, Johnny Lee Miller and Robert Downey Junior should watch out – a new Sherlock is on the block.
Jungle King, non-stop comedy outfit and allround good egg Joe Pasquale takes up the deerstalker in Ha Ha Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles this autumn.
He is coming to the Octagon theatre in Yeovil for two nights on Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10, with writer Ben Langley as Doctor Watson and Andrew Fettes ‘as everyone else’.
Some would consider Cumberbatch and co fearsome opposition as the definitive detective – but not Joe.
“I like to think they’re up against me,” he told the Chard and Ilminster News.
“I’m going back to the original 1800s setting.
I’m looking to Basil Rathbone, one of the first incarnations of Sherlock Holmes on screen.
And I’m the straight man in this – I have to play it serious, as it makes it pretty funny.
“I was approached by Ben, the writer of the show. We’ve known each other quite a while but it’s actually the first year we are working together, so I’m looking forward to it.”
The comedian of 25 years’ standing runs an eye-popping schedule. A recent string of seaside stand-up shows followed a six-week tour as King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, then he is onto the panto season.
What is more, Joe does it all while studying for a natural sciences degree with the Open University. “I just love everything, I just love learning,” he said. “You spend your life on this planet and know nothing about it. It’s just selfbetterment. It’s the difference and diversity of all the work – that’s what I enjoy. I think I’ll do it until I die, really.”
To see Ha Ha Holmes! visit www.octagontheatre.co.uk. Tickets cost £20.