In 1987, Langella portrayed the famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes in Charles Marowitz's Sherlock's Last Case, opposite Donal Donnelly as Doctor Watson. The production opened its 124-performance run at the Nederlander Theatre on Aug. 20, 1987.
The New York Times' Frank Rich had nothing positive to say about the production, which he called another "botched attempt to retool Arthur Conan Doyle's fiction for contemporary audiences," but he did note that "the evening's one tenuous hold on life is Frank Langella, whose sonorous voice and graying matinee-idol flamboyance make him an ideal candidate to play Holmes."
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