‘theatre doesn’t come much more sillier than The Hound of the Baskervilles, as presented by Peepolykus….. Only the most po-faced Conan Doyle enthusiast will fail to enjoy this wonderfully barking spoof’. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
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 lord it’s scary…really, really scary.
We broke box office records at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2007 with our version of the ‘Hound’. After touring to Oxford Playhouse, Winchester Theatre Royal and Liverpool Everyman the show transferred to the West End for a season at The Duchess Theatre. A highly successful production, Baskervilles achieved great critical acclaim (see press quotes below) and introduced a whole new wave of audiences to the company’s trademark style of verbal surprise and visual ingenuity. It has also been a huge international hit and the script is available for licensing in the UK and abroad. Please see Licensing for further details.
Peepolykus are unfailingly hilarious. Orla O’loughlins production leaves plenty to enjoy.
Peepolykus have the requisite energy and appeal eventually to use the script as a springboard into a more gut-bustingly hilarious and liberatingly reckless brand of zaniness.
Packed with physical inventiveness, this Hound adapted by Stephen Canny and the company, takes eccentric multiple-characterisation and ridiculous wackiness to extremes.
In the hands of comic trio Peepolykus, The Hound of the Baskervilles becomes a wonderful farce. The chemistry between these clowns is electric.
The production has a mad hilarity that will make you feel quite sane.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Peepolykus are a group of the most gifted performers you can hope to see. Baskervilles is performed with a sense of rare comic timing. The most difficult thing to decide about the show is whether the most impressive thing is the dazzling wordplay of the script or the outstanding physical comedy.
YORK EVENING POST
The production unites constantly inventive physical and verbal comedy with a cheeky respect for the original.
Simple-seeming gags are transformed into theatrical gems. Not only are the actors technically accomplished, they also possess superhuman energies. Dazzling performances.
The most popular of the Sherlock Holmes stories becomes pure comic bliss in this hilariously played adaptation from Peepolykus.
Presented by Peepolykus, Neal Street Productions and West Yorkshire Playhouse
Original cast John Nicholson, Javier Marzan and Jason Thorpe
Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Peepolykus and Steven Canny
Directed by Orla O’Loughlin
Designed by Ti Green
Lighting by Jackie Shemesh
Sound by Mic Pool
Funded by Arts Council England
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