Baker Street

BAKER STREET takes place in London in 1897, the year in which England celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria. It is loosely based on the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Baker Street is an evening with Sherlock Holmes—a sequence of events that begins with an attempt on the master sleuth’s life. The bullet fells a dummy, and Holmes appears from underneath a beggar’s disguise to accost his would-be killer. Next it is a quest for love letters, which brings him in contact with one of the rare Holmes romantic interests, actress Irene Adler. Beneath all this diversion Holmes begins to sense an underlying plot to keep him occupied while something bigger is taking place. Holmes and Irene embark, disguised once again, on a search of London’s underworld. They are getting too close to Professor Moriarty’s plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Holmes is captured, but Irene escapes with the aid of a Holmes agent, who is then killed. The vicious Professor also captures Dr. Watson and leaves them to be destroyed by a tamper-proof bomb. Irene manages to get the word of Holmes’s danger to the Baker Street Irregulars, a band of teen-age boys that he employs from time to time. They come to his aid moments before the bomb is to go off. Once freed, Holmes quickly surveys the device and discovers a way to keep it from going off. He tracks down Moriarty on the Cliffs of Dover and engages the Professor in hand-to-hand combat. The Professor is overcome and falls from the foggy heights. Holmes’s next deduction is the hideout where the jewels are hidden. He arrives there with the police, who capture Moriarty’s gang and recover the gems.

Book by Jerome Coopersmith
Music and Lyrics by Marian Grudeff and Raymond Jessel
Adapted from the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Original Production Directed by Harold Prince
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Alexander H. Cohen
Production presented by permission of the
Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Instrumentation: 18 Parts
3 Violins
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute and Clarinet
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Flute (or C Flute), and Eb Clarinet (or Bb
1 Reed III: Oboe & English Horn
1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Bassoon
1 Horns I & II
1 Trumpets I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone
1 Trombone II (and optional Euphonium)
2 Percussion I & II

I: Timpani (mallets & thin sticks)
Side Drum
Cymbals: Suspended (2), Finger & Hand
Tam Tam (same as Percussion II)
Slide Whistle
English Police Whistle
Cow Bell (hand)
Wood Block

II: Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
Base Drum (natural pedal & sponge mallets)
Tom Tom (2)
Wood Blocks (2) (two sticks)
Chinese Wood Blocks (2)
Temple Blocks (3)
Cymbals: Suspended (2), Choke & Hi-Hat
Tam Tam (Chinese Gong)
Chinese Glass Chimes
Chimes (D & A)
Slap Sticks
Cow Bell
Soft Wind Whistle (optional)

1 Harp
Organ & Celeste

(in order of appearance)

Sherlock Holmes
Captain Gregg
The Drunk
Dr. Watson
Mrs. Hudson
Inspector Lestrade
Irene Adler
4 Well Wishers
2 Criminals
4 Irregulars
Dr. Baxter
Man (McNally)
3 Killers
3 Gang Members
Professor Moriarty
American Couple
Fat Man

Dancing & Singing Ensemble

Chorus Girls
Well Wishers
Parade Sightseers
Café Singer

BAKER STREET opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, February 10, 1965. It later transferred to the Martin Beck Theatre and played for a total of 311 performances starring Fritz Weaver, Peter Sallis, Martin Gabel, Inga Swenson, Virginia Vestoff and Teddy Green.

Awards (1965)

The Tony Award for best scenic design.