Professional performance licenses available for the West End and international hit Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover in this ‘WONDERFULLY BARKING SPOOF’ (Daily Telegraph)

Suitable for a cast of three actors playing multiple roles.

You can see some pics of the original cast production on our Baskervilles page

Its been translated into French for Canadian audiences, it was a hit in Greek in Greece and a Dutch translation is underway. As well as shows in New Zealand, Baskervilles continues to be hugely popular all over the USA (its pretty big in Florida and Pennsylvania!).

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, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Written by John Nicholson and Steven Canny for the hit comedy team Peepolykus, this version premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK in 2007, where it broke box-office records, before touring the UK and transferring to the West End.

Packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity and offering abundant opportunities for silly comedy and slapstick, this version will suit any theatre company looking for a sublimely funny adaptation of a classic tale.

Since 2007, the play has been produced by theatre companies around the world, many of whom have added additional performances to meet demand, extended the run or brought the show back in the next season.

Scripts are available from Nick Hern Books.

Here’s a selection:
“Unites constantly inventive physical and verbal comedy with a cheeky respect for the original”

“The most popular of the Sherlock Holmes stories becomes pure comic bliss” The Stage

“A mad hilarity that will make you feel quite sane” Sunday Times

Here’s a selection:
“The entertaining and agreeable play within a play adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles should be winning over audiences in regional theatres, summer stock and community theatres for some time to come.”

“The show strikes the silly-yet-dignified tone of vintage British sketch comedy — and suffice to say that by the end of the proceedings, both the scenery and what’s left of that fourth wall are as battered and tattered as a hellhound’s chew toy!” Asbury Park Press, New Jersey

“This side-splitting parody of the Sherlock Holmes story turns a tale of terror on the desolate moors of Victorian England into a mile-a-minute comic romp. The audience is kept in constant hysterics as the show’s three actors pile up one pun after another, and outrageous sight gags fly by at a rapid rate”.
Sun Journal, Maine



Suitable for a cast of four performers (three male, one female) playing multiple roles.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary is our attempt to present a very loyal adaptation of Flaubert’s seminal tragedy. Through a framing device the four performers have dreamt up, Madame Bovary is able to reflect on her life and possibly avoid her tragic fate. But nothing quite goes according to plan. The play, written by John Nicholson and Javier Marzan, is both madly funny and unexpectedly moving. It is published by Nick Hern books and is available for licensing both in the UK and abroad.

Bovary first toured the UK in spring 2016.

You can see some pics of the original cast production on our Bovary page


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