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Previewed 16 April 2007, Opened 17 April 2007, Closed 23 June 2007 at the Duchess Theatre in London
The award-winning theatre company Peepolykus present The Hound of the Baskervilles in London following a successful two month, five theatre, UK regional tour.
An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. And it's scary... really, really scary. Tremble at the hellish howl of the Hell Hound, wonder at the twisty-turny plot and be amazed by Holmes' finest powers of deduction in this reinvigorating, terrifying and foggy new adaptation. It's very foggy. And occasionally silly. But mostly foggy.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is presented by the award-winning theatre company Peepolykus (pronounced phonetically as 'people-like-us'). Over the past ten years Peepolykus have received accolades from all over the world for its hilarious collision of verbal surprise and visual ingenuity. Javier Marzan, John Nicholson and Jason Thorpe now take to the moors for this fast paced and thrilling production, in the hope that they will make it out of Grimpen Mire alive.
Following a successful two month, five theatre, UK regional tour, The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to The Duchess Theatre in London's West End for a limited three month season featuring three actors - Javier Marzan, John Nicholson and Jason Thorpe - playing all the roles! Adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle's novel by Peepolykus and Steven Canny, The Hound of the Baskervilles in London is directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
"This jokey trio have extravagant theatrical fun with Conan Doyle's classic. Conjuring up the mists and mires of murky Dartmoor with masses of dry ice, they tell the story of the cursed Baskerville family and a spooky hound that haunts the moors. Much of the merriment springs from the speedy changes of scene and costume - the threesome play all the parts, some requiring beards, others frocks. More comes from the deliberately slapstick mishaps, for instance, an actor pretending to be a peasant choking on a piece of straw. Javier Marzan plays (among many others) Sherlock Holmes, his quintessentially English tweed deerstalker a hilarious culture-clash with his heavy Spanish accent; Jason Thorpe, a natural clown, is an even funnier physical performer, brilliant at sinking into the bog. In the end, the piece is more perspiration than inspiration, and it doesn't last the distance. But it's jolly good fun in a fringey sort of way." The Mail on Sunday
"If the audience in Leeds was anything to go by, Peepolykus's merry take on the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery is likely to tickle spectators' funny bones in all five of the cities to which it tours until mid-March. This adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's tale of canine-fuelled horror and familial treachery on desolate Dartmoor is faithful to its source while sending it up something rotten. Certainly, too, it works well as a three-hander for the talents of the Peepolykus... The Hound of the Baskervilles is liberally sprinkled with visual and verbal gags." The Times
The Hound of the Baskervilles in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 16 April 2007, opened on 17 April 2007 and closed on 23 June 2007.