Barnaby Gibbs is an incurable optimist, a Sherlock Holmes fan, and a man who knows he’s not particularly good at anything. One night, while checking on a friend's empty house, he encounters a stranger, dressed entirely in black, holding a bag full of stolen belongings and attempting to write a poem about sapphires. There is only one conclusion a reasonable man could come to: this is the notorious cat burglar/con-man known as the Rhyming Bandit! Fortunately, Barnaby Gibbs is not a reasonable man, and when the stranger explains he is actually the famous detective Antoine Feval, a new crime-fighting duo is born
Antoine Feval is a one-man comedy play about Victorian London's most overlooked detective. But that's not all. It's also a ridiculous comedy about an ex-street-performing comedian attempting to do a one-man comedy play about Victorian London's most overlooked detective. With wit, charm, timing, and almost no respect for the rules of theatre, Chris Gibbs creates a simple, hilarious theatrical experience unlike any other.
Antoine Feval premiered at the 2005 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, winning Best of Fest. Since then it has played all over the country, including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. In 2014 the show was chosen to be a part of the first run of shows recorded for the Bell TV series On Stage On Demand.