Fathom Events will bring “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” to theaters

In the past BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events have teamed-up to bring special-events to theaters, including several major “Doctor Who” events and now “Sherlock”. The two companies announced today that they are teaming up again for a special theatrical screening event of “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”

This marks 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.

“We’re thrilled to partner again with BBC Worldwide North America to continue the popular ‘British invasion’ here in U.S. cinemas. Sherlock fans have a great opportunity to see this unique special on the big screen with top quality picture and sound, all among fellow fans,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh.

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 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.

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 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 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,” states co-writer Steven Moffat, October 2015.

“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,” states co-writer Mark Gatiss, August 2015.

Soumya Sriraman, EVP Film, Home Entertainment and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America, commented, “We want to give a very special thank you gift to the Sherlock fans in America who are incredibly loyal and supportive of the show. Watching Benedict and Martin on the big screen will be a real treat for them and we’ve got some exclusive footage they won’t want to miss.”

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride will be shown on MASTERPIECE on PBS stations and the same day as the UK on Friday, January 1 at 9pm ET, with an on-air encore on Sunday, January 10 at 10pm ET.

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