The game's afoot and it's heading inescapably to Malvern Theatres, where Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four will entertain a local audience.

A spokesman said: "Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breathtaking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

"When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, Holmes takes the case and together with his companion Dr Watson enters a murky world of deception and trickery, unravelling a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels."

The spokesman added: "Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s stunning world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four."

The dates for the diary are May 14 to May 18.

Tickets: 01684 892277