Hound of the Baskervilles

by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tim Kelly

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 5f

"Professional, witty, suspenseful [...] Conan Doyle would be pleased." - The Tattler

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Holmes’ most spine-chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version – with suspense, humor, and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse: death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress, and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?
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Reviews

"Professional, witty, suspenseful [...] Conan Doyle would be pleased." - The Tattler

"Magnificent job of bringing the novel's characters to life [...] Great family entertainment." - The Desert Sun

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting: Baskerville Hall, a manor house on the moor in the west country of England.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 5f

LADY AGATHA MORTIMER - a medical doctor, ample, tweedy, forceful
PERKINS - a young maid
WATSON - Holmes' colleague
SHERLOCK HOLMES - a famed privated investigator interested in bizarre cases, a master at detection
MRS. BARRYMORE - the housekeeper
SIR HENRY - a young nobleman, heir to a fortune and a curse
BARRYMORE - a butler, slightly sinister, but capable
KATHY STAPLETON - a vivacious young woman
JACK - her brother, given to emotional outbursts
LAURA LYONS - a capable young woman with a dangerous secret

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Sir Arthur Conan  Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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