Sherlock star, Andrew Scott, is taking a leap back to theatre playing a rock star in a new play!
Scott plays (or played depending on which version of events and rumours you believe) Moriarty, the arch nemesis of Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the hit BBC detective series.
Now, with the third series of Sherlock finished, and no word on when series four will start filming, Scott has landed the lead role in the Simon Stephens’ (who adapted Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time for stage) play, Birdland.
In the play, which is due to appear at London’s Royal Court Theatre from April 3 through till the end of May this year, Scott will play the part of a rock singer.
Birdland will tell the story of what happens to Scott’s character, Paul, after he has completed a huge international stage tour.
Scott has a vast backlist of stage credits, having starred in many popular plays including Aristocrats, Dying City Craig, The Vertical Hour, Sea Wall and Cock, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his portrayal of the character known simply as ‘M’.
Scott was last seen on our Sherlock screens at the very end of series three when, after supposedly committing suicide at the end of series 2, Moriarty appeared via every media outlet possible asking Sherlock “did you miss me?”
Since then there has been much speculation as to whether this means that Moriarty is still alive and if he will be making a return when the show returns for its fourth series.
If Moriarty is still alive then it leaves us all asking the question “how did he fake his own death”, which is the same question we asked about Sherlock at the end of series two, but co-creator Steven Moffat has hinted that this final scene with Moriarty was decided at the last minute and doesn’t mean that he isn’t dead, commenting how it would be impossible for his suicide to be fake as he shot himself in the face!