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Trivia / The Speckled Band

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  • Money, Dear Boy: Doyle wrote the play to salvage a risky theatre enterprise. He had rented out the Adelphi Theatre in the West End to produce his own play The House of Temperle. The play was not a success, and then King Edward passed away which meant all the theaters closed in mourning. Doyle had refused an offer to let it for a musical comedy, and facing financial disaster remembered the smashing success of William Gillette's own Sherlock Holmes melodrama years earlier, so he decided to adapt one of his favorite Holmes stories, The Speckled Band.
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  • Self-Adaptation: Doyle penned this play himself.