Stage fright in Gothic classic

A scene from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Photo: Andrew Billington.
A scene from The Hound of the Baskervilles. Photo: Andrew Billington.

ONE of the greatest tales of the 20th century is to be performed live on stage at Buxton Opera House.

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hounds of The Baskervilles, world-famous Baker Street detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr Watson are called upon to investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded Devon moorland that surrounds his family estate.

The Baskerville line has been plagued by a mysterious and deadly hound for centuries. The recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville, who was found collapsed near the grounds of his manor, has rekindled suspicion and terror, and Sir Charles’ heir has received anonymous notes, warning him that his life is in danger. Holmes and Watson are in a race against time to unravel the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles, before the hellhound strikes again.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the popular stories of the 20th century and its macabre appeal has made it the most well known of the Sherlock Holmes adventures. Clive Francis’ adaptation includes five actors, who move effortlessly from character to character within a simple setting that enables the fast-paced action to unfold dramatically.

A tapestry of digital images, stark lighting and enveloping sound create the terrors and loneliness of Dartmoor and the claustrophobic tension inside the gothic Baskerville mansion.

The Hound of the Baskervilles will be performed at the Opera House from Thursday May 17 to Saturday May 19, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets, priced from £12 to £17, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

A free after-show question and answer session will take place on May 18.