Full Length Play
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
No Special Cautions
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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 forty 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.
"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
"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
"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
Check out these photos from the McCarter Theatre's production of Baskerville in March 2015.
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.