Robert Powell: I’ll never retire

AS HE sets out to play an ageing Sherlock Holmes, veteran actor Robert Powell is struggling to see any similarities between himself and the legendary sleuth.

“I couldn’t be a detective,” he says. “It wouldn’t appeal to me, not in the Sherlock Holmes mode anyway with the detail and minutiae of his detective work. I wouldn’t have the patience.”

In Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, the great man has retired and is living in a cottage in Sussex, keeping bees and avoiding his old enemies, but Powell, who turned 74 last Friday (1 June) and is probably best known for his 1977 TV role as Jesus of Nazareth, says he can’t see himself in retirement.

“No, I won’t ever retire as such,” he says. “All that would happen is that I’d choose possibly to do less but I will never, ever close the door.”

The production will be at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June.

Roy Sampson and Robert Powell in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain. Picture by Nobby Clark

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

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