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The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to Jermyn Street Theatre for Christmas

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS Christmas, Jermyn Street Theatre is presenting a riotously funny adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Performed by just three actors, in a co-production with the English Theatre Frankfurt, it runs from Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to Saturday, January 13, 2018.

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must unravel the mysteries surrounding the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Described as cheeky and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises, brilliant theatrical invention, and a new twist on the greatest detective of all time.

This adaptation was originally written by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for their company Peepolykus, and enjoyed a hugely popular West End run in 2007.

The cast includes Max Hutchinson (The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Propeller, An Ideal Husband, Chichester Festival Theatre) as Sherlock Holmes; Simon Kane (associate artist with Shunt, numerous comedy credits on BBC Radio 4, writing credits include That Mitchell and Webb Look) as Doctor Watson; and Shaun Chambers (Sweeney Todd, Twickenham Theatre, Praxis Makes Perfect, National Theatre Wales/Barbican) as Sir Charles Baskerville.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is directed by Lotte Wakeham. Associate Director of the RSC’s Matilda, she directed The Kissing Dance (OffWestEnd Best Director nomination) at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2011. She has also directed musicals and plays for theatres including the Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, Leicester Curve, the MAC in Belfast and the Egg in Bath, plus numerous UK tours.

The production is designed by Louie Whitemore, who recently received an OffWestEnd nomination for Miss Julie at Jermyn Street Theatre.

Tickets: £30, £20 concessions available for performances before Tuesday, November 21. Under 30 – 100 £10 tickets available before Tuesday, November 21. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: 7:30pm evenings with 3pm matinees. Sunday performances: December 10 (matinee/evening), December 17 (matinee only). Week day matinees on Friday 8, Thursday 14, Tuesday 19 – all at 3pm. No performances on Saturday, December 9, Monday, December 11 and Monday, December 18.

Howard Brenton’s new version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie continues at Jermyn Street Theatre until December 2, 2017.