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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  (Ludwig) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573704192

Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - The moors of Devonshire.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Tours

Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

 

REVIEWS

"Baskerville is a madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic, done up in the style of The 39 Steps." - DC Theatre Scene, Read More

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The joy in watching [the] witty new play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way. By dispensing with British formality, Ken Ludwig has given us a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call." - Broadway World, Read More

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Written by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the new play turns one of Holmes’ most famous mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on its head. Instead of a heady whodunit, this production is a fast-paced comedy." - Washington City Paper

"
With this Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, the chase is on and with much joy...What there is new is a freshness to this particular Holmesian world. There is also plenty of theatrical inventiveness conjured by Director Amanda Dehnert from playwright Ludwig’s script." - DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery received its world premiere as a co-production between Arena Stage in Washington DC and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey in 2015, under the direction of Amanda Dehnert.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

2 actors play Holmes and Watson, while the rest of the cast plays the remaining 40 characters.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
JOHN WATSON
ACTOR 1
ACTOR 2
ACTRESS 1
Videos
  • Ken Ludwig on Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

  • Ken Ludwig discusses Holmes and Watson

  • Ken Ludwig on producing Baskerville

  • Ken Ludwig's Baskerville - Arena Stage Trailer

  • Ken Ludwig's Baskerville - McCarter Theatre Center

Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

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Reviews
Chris Armbrister 8/4/2016 9:52 AM
Donald Beck 7/26/2016 9:16 PM
Jo Phenix 4/8/2016 9:39 AM
Read this one several times before making up your mind. It has to grow on you, but once you get a feel for the characters it's worth it. It needs a talented and imaginative director and actors with energy. If you liked The 39 Steps you'll love this one.

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