The Hound of the Baskervilles at Theatre by the Lake

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
The Hound of the Baskervilles at Theatre by the Lake
The cast of The Hound of the Baskervilles: Helena Antoniou, Katy Daghorn and Dave Hearn (L-R).Image courtesy of Theatre by the Lake.

The Hound of the Baskervilles at Theatre by the Lake, Carlisle and Keswick 9 August — 7 September 2024 Tickets from £12.00 — Book now

With ridiculously funny performances, witty dialogue and a welcomed dose of chaos, the world’s most famous detective gets a fresh makeover in this speedy slapstick-style performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous tale has gripped imaginations since it first appeared in print in 1901. Now, Olivier-nominated John Nicholson returns to Cumbria’s Theatre by the Lake to direct the West End hit adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Join world-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson as they set out to unpick the mystery surrounding the untimely death of Sir Charles Baskerville. With mumblings of a mysterious giant hound on the loose, Holmes and Watson must act fast to save the Baskerville family’s last remaining heir. Physical comedy theatremakers Peepolykus have created a brilliantly farcical adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel.

With plenty of plot twists, mysterious encounters and obligatory red herrings, a talented cast of three will bring the smash-hit comedy to life. Theatre by the Lake favourite Dave Hearn (The 39 Steps, Theatre by the Lake) returns, and is accompanied by Helena Antoniou (Trial By Laughter, Watermill/ UK Tour) and Katy Daghorn (The Play That Goes Wrong, West End). The trio of performers will multirole, bringing a variety of interesting and entertaining characters to life.

Of bringing the show to Theatre by the Lake, director John Nicholson told us, “Theatre by the Lake has such a great reputation – everyone who does a project here tends to fall in love with the theatre. I visited briefly when I was working on One Man Two Guvnors and thought it would be fantastic to have the opportunity to make a show here. Although Baskervilles is set in Dartmoor, I think the wild beauty of Cumbria will be inspiring.”

We’ve been told to “expect the unexpected in this side-splitting” show – which is just the type of farce we love. Recommended for ages 8+ – we think The Hound of the Baskervilles – will be a delightful performance for the whole family.

The Hound of the Baskervilles at Theatre by the Lake, Carlisle and Keswick 9 August — 7 September 2024 Tickets from £12.00 Book now


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