And when the much loved detective and of course his sidekick John H.Watson are brought back into the forefront of our minds by Marco Players it's easy to remember why the master sleuth's almost romantic way of solving cases continues to appeal.
Arriving at Chorley Old Methodist Church to see the group's take on Hugh Leonard's quirky play, The Mask of Moriarty and being greeted by actors and actresses already in character made me think two things.
Firstly, that the cast members were willing to give their utmost to guarantee a good night and secondly, I admit I did fear fear the evening may involve some audience participation. Thankfully for me my fears were unsubstantiated and the audience was able to relax and watch the play unfold.
Within a minute of the play starting it was evident how much work had gone into setting the scene through through the props used and scenery created.
Holmes' Baker Street home took you back to where it all began in the late 1800s complete with a large fireplace and smoke to exaggerate the fumes from the detective's famous trusty pipe. Other scenery included large movable stone walls to depict Melmoth Abbey's Crypt and Waterloo Bridge,the scene of the murder in question.
Tongue-in-cheek cards informing the audience about scene changes and the tea break went down well, keeping those in the auditorium informed and created a few laughs from the audience. The signs also took the attention away from the moving of scenery.
The 11 strong cast was directed by Natalie Crompton, who proved she was a "Jack of all trades" by directing, acting and assisting backstage.
Marco Players' Mike Thomas perfectly captured the mystery and depth of the detective's personality - and showed his only intelligence by managing to recite huge amount of lines without the need for promoting.
Peter Haslam being cast as Watson was the right choice. Having seen Mr Haslam in numerous roles over the past three years it appears he easily adapts to each of the character's traits and always provides an entertaining and professional performance.
Despite enjoying the BBC's modern uptake on Sherlock I think I'll stick with the more traditional version shown in Mr Leonard's play.