The Argyle Players will present Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic thriller ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ as their Summer production, with performances running from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th August 2016 at The Tovey Hall Theatre, Central United Reformed Church, in Grove Street, Bath.
Adapted and dramatised by Tim Kelly, the most famous and well-loved of all Conan Doyle’s 60 Sherlock Holmes stories brings Holmes and Dr Watson to the wilds of Dartmoor where Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to a vast fortune, lives in fear of a family curse – the Hound of the Baskervilles, a legendary and supernatural beast whose blood-curdling howl signals death to the Baskerville line. Why has the hound returned? Is it real or imaginary? And what other dark secrets hide in the shadows of Baskerville Hall?
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ first appeared in 1901 over nine monthly instalments in the ‘Strand Magazine’. Conan Doyle had killed off Sherlock Holmes in 1893 but public demand meant he had to – somewhat reluctantly – reverse his decision. “Sherlock Holmes is never out of fashion,” enthuses the play’s director Brian Hudd, “and everyone has their favourite interpretation, be it Basil Rathbone in 1940s black and white or the modern-technology driven restylings of the Benedict Cumberbatch series, whose own hound was a mutant animal bred in a government research station.”
The Argyle Players have gone back to the story’s original Victorian setting. “The reason ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ resonates over other Holmes stories” says its director “is that whiff of the supernatural, and every ghost story benefits from being told in the flickering light of a gas lamp or candle…”
This production of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ has been entered for the Rose Bowl Amateur Drama Awards, the Rose Bowl having recognised The Argyle Players with a clutch of awards and nominations in recent years.
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’
Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th August 2016
Starts 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Tovey Hall Theatre
Central United Reformed Church
Bath, BA2 6PJ (just off Pulteney Bridge)
Tickets £10 from www.bathboxoffice.org.uk or T: 01225 463362