This year's Distinguished Speaker is Jeffrey Hatcher, who is a prolific playwright (approx. 30 plays written between 1993-2015) which include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008)--adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's novella--for which he received an Edgar nomination; and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (2011). He has also written several screenplays, most notably, and to the delight of the Sherlockian world, Mr. Holmes (2015), a view of Holmes in his twilight years based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. As everyone attending the lecture will likely know, the film is set primarily during Holmes's retirement when, at age 93, he struggles to recall the details of his final case as his mind begins to fail.
Tickets for the BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture, which is open to the public, must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.