Hey Sherlock! Funny, entertaining Baskervilles heads to Vancouver stage

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous mysteries is coming to Granville Island.

It’s only right. With the English TV series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and the American show Elementary, interest in the world’s most famous detective is at a fever pitch.

Thankfully, Bad Dog Productions’ The House of the Baskervilles doesn’t modernize the early 20th-century characters or story, but it does play up the laughs. Originally a UK production, this entertaining and funny take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third Sherlock Holmes novel had a successful run last fall in Surrey. The Vancouver remounting runs April 22 thru May 3 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island, and it promises to be fun for the whole family.

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois in Bad Dog Productions The Hound of the Baskervilles.

This theatrical version of The House of the Baskervilles was originally created by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for an English theatrical company. It’s had a successful run in the U.K. Bad Dog’s 2013 production was the Western Canadian premiere.

In Canny and Nicholson’s version of the 20th century crime classic, the laughs are played up while the story stays true to the original’s plot. Scenery, character and costume changes come swiftly, and all the roles are handled by just three actors - James Rowley, Mark Carter and Michael Charrois.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is suitable for  all ages.

For tickets and showtimes for The Hound of the Baskervilles, visit baskervilles.org.

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