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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Professional performance licenses available for the West End and international hit Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this ‘wonderfully barking spoof’ (Daily Telegraph) for a cast of three actors playing multiple roles.
Scripts are available from Nick Hern Books.
For more information and to apply for a licence please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus, this version premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK in 2007, where it broke box-office records, before touring the UK and transferring to the West End.
Packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity and offering abundant opportunities for silly comedy and slapstick, this version will suit any theatre company looking for a sublimely funny adaptation of a classic tale.
Since 2007, the play has been produced by theatre companies around the world, many of whom have added additional performances to meet demand, extended the run or brought the show back in the next season.
‘Unites constantly inventive physical and verbal comedy with a cheeky respect for the original’ Whatsonstage.com
‘The most popular of the Sherlock Holmes stories becomes pure comic bliss’ Stage
‘A mad hilarity that will make you feel quite sane’ Sunday Times
‘The entertaining and agreeable play within a play adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles should be winning over audiences in regional theatres, summer stock and community theatres for some time to come.’ www.talkinbroadway.com
‘The show strikes the silly-yet-dignified tone of vintage British sketch comedy — and suffice to say that by the end of the proceedings, both the scenery and what’s left of that fourth wall are as battered and tattered as a hellhound’s chew toy.’
Asbury Park Press, New Jersey
‘If there is a world record for laughs per minute, The Public Theatre’s current production of The Hound of the Baskervilles should have a good chance of grabbing the brass ring’.
‘This side-splitting parody of the Sherlock Holmes story turns a tale of terror on the desolate moors of Victorian England into a mile-a-minute comic romp. The audience is kept in constant hysterics as the show’s three actors pile up one pun after another, and outrageous sight gags fly by at a rapid rate’.
Sun Journal, Maine
‘In fact, word of mouth has been so strong for this show that CSC has added Saturday matinees to accommodate audience demand for tickets.’ City Beat, Cincinatti
‘I relaxed within seconds, I’m happy to report, because Baskervilles is instantly funny and stays that way. It owes as much to Monty Python’s Flying Circus as it does to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.’ Weekly Volcano, Washington State.
Other plays by Peepolykus available for licence include:
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HONEST
A story of international espionage and state secrets. With government agents watching their every move, these actors will stop at nothing to reveal the truth.
Unfortunately, they’re in rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest – but that’s not going to stop them… Don’t miss this brand new show that takes on the CIA, FSB and FBI – you’ll be shaken, stirred and in stitches with laughter. 3 male and 2 female performers.
‘Theatre has renewed its licence to laugh…Spyski justifies every one of the adjectives that get flung too readily at this sort of high-comic caper. So if words such as ‘uproarious’, ‘anarchic’, ‘joyful’, still have any purchase, their hour has come.’ ***** The Times
NO WISE MEN
‘A wonderfully original, funny and wholly festive offering.’ BBC Radio 4
Reality and the ridiculous collide in an enchanting festive adventure, whisking you between the Christmas of the past and present. Can be set in either Liverpool or Manhattan. 3 male and 3 female.