Pittsfield historian Jeffrey Bradway will appear as Sir Conan Doyle in “Killing Off Sherlock Holmes” at a Tea & Talk at the mansion. A Victorian tea will follow Bradway’s portrayal.
In 1885, Arthur Conan Doyle was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School, a struggling general practitioner and a fledgling writer who decided to turn his hand to penning detective stories based on careful observation and reasoning rather than the more traditional method of luck and coincidence. His investigative sleuth was appearing in a series of short stories in the new illustrated Strand Magazine to enormous popularity. Doyle felt his other literary work was being overlooked. Thus, his attempt to bury Sherlock. This is the story of the creation, death and resurrection of the world’s most famous detective.
An avid fan since childhood, Bradway is a member of several Sherlockian societies, including the Baker Street Irregulars, the world’s oldest such organization. He has taught history at Berkshire Community College and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. He is a co-author of History of the Colonial Theatre, named in 2015 the Outstanding Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society of America.
Cost is $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.