East Lynne Theater Company Presents Holmes, Carter and Valentino

Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik

The next two weekends at the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company is all about the early days of radio and film.

Before television, people sat by the radio to hear the latest dramas, comedies and news. Many radio shows were performed in front of live audiences at the same time they were sent across the “airways.” ELTC invites you to be part of our radio audience on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., with two mysteries under the title “Detectives Holmes and Carter:” Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League” and Nick Carter in “The Voice of Crime.” The same cast of seven performs both shows back-to-back on the same night, going from Holmes’ Victorian England to Carter’s Manhattan during World War II.

On Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., ELTC, in partnership with the Cape May Film Society, presents “The Sheik” (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino with live organ accompaniment by Wayne Zimmerman. In this silent classic, a sheik, played by Valentino, encounters an adventurous Englishwoman. Valentino became the first on-screen sex symbol due to this film.

Both events are at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. For reservations, call (609) 884-5898, email eastlynneco@aol.com or visit eastlynnetheater.org. Tickets are $27 and $17 for the radio show, $15 for the film, and ages 12 and under are free. “The Sheik” is the final event for the 2016 Cape May Film Festival, and those with festival passes to all other weekend events are admitted free.