BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events are teaming up again for a special theatrical screening event of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, marking the debut of Emmy Award winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The feature-length screening will premiere on Tuesday, January 5 with an encore on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, both at 7:30 p.m. local time. Theater audiences will experience 20 minutes of exclusive, additional footage which will include a guided set tour of 221B Baker Street hosted by co-writer/executive producer Steven Moffat prior to the feature, and a "making of" short film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and many more, immediately following the feature content. Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece.
Tickets for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will be available beginning Friday, November 6 and can be purchased online at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. The special is expected to play in over 500 movie theaters across the U.S. through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the FathomEvents.com website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss with performances by Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Louise Brealey and Amanda Abbington. It is directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Line of Duty).
Sherlock is a global phenomenon, engaging audiences from Berlin to Beijing, from Texas to Tokyo. The show has sold to over 240 territories across the world, won 12 BAFTAs, 7 Emmys® and a prestigious Peabody Award as well as accolades at the Edinburgh TV Festival and the Television Critics Association. Sherlock made its mark in U.S. pop-culture being one of only three British TV shows that have appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Here's what Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat had to say in a statement.
"Sherlock on the big screen. For us, it's a giant leap backwards - into Victorian London. The mean streets of 1895 have never looked so good."
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will be shown on Masterpiece on PBS stations and pbs.org the same day as the UK on Friday, January 1 at 9 PM ET, with an on-air encore on Sunday, January 10 at 10 PM ET. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back for Sherlock Season 4, debuting at an undetermined date in 2016. Here's what series co-creator Mark Gatiss had to say in his statement.
"It's not suddenly going to be a different show. It's essentially our Sherlock as if we'd always done it set in 1895. It has the same sensibility. The language is obviously slightly different but we wanted it to feel as funny and as vivid as our modern-day one. Otherwise it would be a sort of dusty period piece which is not what we are interested in."
The news comes just two days after the BBC released the new poster and announced the New Year's Day premiere for this Sherlock special. Are you excited to see Sherlock: The Abominable Bride on the big screen in early January? Stay tuned for more details and new footage as we get closer and closer to Sherlock: The Abominable Bride debuting on the small screen and in theaters across the country.