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The Hound of the Baskervilles
October 5th - October 9th
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted for the stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus
UK Tour Directed by Tim Jackson, Original Direction Lotte Wakeham
Produced by The Original Theatre Company & Octagon Theatre Bolton
Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated adventure gets a brilliantly farcical overhaul in Lotte Wakeham’s acclaimed production.
World-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr Watson are asked to unravel the mystery surrounding the untimely death of Sir Charles Baskerville. With rumours of a cursed giant hound loose on the moors, they must act fast in order to save the Baskerville family’s last remaining heir. A hit in the West End, this ingenious adaptation combines an exhilarating collision of farce, theatrical invention and wonderfully comic performances to offer a brand-new twist on the greatest detective story of all time.
A whodunnit for all ages.
Starring Jake Ferretti (The Kitchen, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Understudy) as Sherlock Holmes, Serena Manteghi (Welcome To Iran, To Build a Rocket, Mrs Wilson) as Sir Henry and Niall Ransome (Mischief Movie Night, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Fcuk’d) as Dr. Watson.
Original Direction is by Lotte Wakeham, Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton who has directed sell-out productions in London, New York, and throughout the UK. The UK Tour is directed by Tim Jackson (The Season, Royal & Derngate, New Wolsey, Treasure Island, Bolton Octagon).
From the award-winning Original Theatre Company who brought you Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, the smash-hit comedy Invincible, A Splinter of Ice and the acclaimed Birdsong.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including one 20-minute interval.
Age Guidance 7+
“Rib-bustingly hilarious” The Times
“Wonderfully barking spoof” The Telegraph
“Unfailingly hilarious. A masterpiece” The Guardian
Watched it with the kids last night and the kids have asked to watch it again tonight! Just had to buy 2 more tickets.
Incredibly original, entertaining and fast moving farce with fiercely talented cast. A must see production.
The View From The Stalls
If you thought that, in order to tell the tale of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound Of The Baskerville's, you would need a cast of a dozen or so, think again. With just three talented actors, Original Theatre Company's rendition of the renowned story brings the entire set of characters to life in a very clever and funny way. So clearly, this is never going to be a purely dramatic telling of the tale - fast-paced comedy is at the heart of the show and it hits you from the start.
The three main characters are, of course, Sherlock Holmes (Jake Ferretti), Dr Watson (Niall Ransome) and Sir Henry (Serena Manteghi) but whilst these are at the heart of the story, it is the range of other characters played by these three which makes the production what it is with fast set and costume changes and, amazingly, never being wrong-footed. Most impressive role-reversal is probably Jake's regular transformation into the fiery red-dressed tangoing Cecille, one of the many characters where a quick change of costume was required. And given that there are only three actors, the script needed to be inventive to allow such a restriction, as when a proposed dinner party had to be limited in numbers because they had "only three plates"! Whether the cast are train crew, country yokels chatting over a fence, cab driver or a suspicious-looking bearded butler, the jokes come thick and fast and luckily the associated special audio and visual effects are all perfectly timed. And if you got lost somewhere during Act One, there's a treat at the start of Act Two…
With an audience now back to what it would have been for an opening night pre-Covid, the response must have been heartening for the actors, glad to be back in front of a sizeable crowd and even mentioning Malvern a couple of times during the show.
Definitely one to see for a fun, clever and never-too-serious account of the unseen horror which is The Hound Of The Baskervilles!
This spoof of the Arthur Conan Doyle's famous novel; The Hound of the Baskervilles" is completely potty.
The story is expounded by just three actors, who swap gender, accents and personalities with alacrity, moving around the stage meanwhile at top speed. Some things manage to get lost in the process, when the race to get through a scene makes the dialogue seem incomprehensible and unfinished. Throw in a foreign accent or two and you may well scratch your head and wonder whether we are in a railway station or on Dartmoor, where the famous hound gives a spine-chilling howl occasionally (well, perhaps not exactly spine-chilling, but you have to go along with the send-up spirit of the piece)
The dexterity with which this inexhaustible trio move their set and props around is admirable. Banqueting halls become horse-driven carriages in less time than you can farce. There is frequently a great deal of stage smoke flying about, pumped in cheerfully from the wings. This helps the deception along, since at certain moments the actors disappeared completely, reappearing as different characters altogether. At one point I feared for the actors' lungs.. However professional people to whom I voiced my fears, tell me it's completely's ok to inhale, as long as you haven't got asthma, So that's nice to know.
Throughout the evening, Baskerville Hall glows in the distance. It is part of a clever backdrop and gives a sense of place - one of the verities of theatre since theatre began with Aeschylus. When we move onto the moor itself, it is surprising what a Toytown hedge can suggest along with a couple of shepherd's smocks, and when Sherlock Holmes in Spanish drag knocked out a tango ( to "Hernando's Hideaway" from "The Pajama Game"no less,) logic finally flew away over the Malvern Hills, and you realised it was time to simply enjoy the performances as they emerged, much as you might enjoy a cabaret or a student romp and to hell with Arthur Conan Doyle.
The excellent trio who gave us so much laughter, were the protean Jake Ferretti (Holmes and much else besides) Niall Ransome (a cuddly Dr, Watson and, of course, much more) and Serena Manteghi ( Sir Henry and everything else). I would love to see this trio blowing the wind up Elsinore in their take on "Hamlet".
And our thanks go again to Nic Lloyd at Malvern for giving us once again live theatre ( a superb autumn programme is coming up) when no one else seems able to do anything much but wail about Covid.