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KNUTSFORD LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS “THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES”

Billed as a “Barking Mad Spoof”, this latest offering from Knutsford Little Theatre is certain to delight. In similar style to “The 39 Steps” which played to packed houses, this is a hilarious parody of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s bizarre story of The Hound of the Baskervilles, cleverly adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Albeit loosely, it follows the original story of the doomed Baskerville family and the giant hound which appears to stalk them. Set in Baker Street and Devonshire, it features a very adaptable sauna, some undulating moorland and the treacherous Grimpen Mire which threatens to suck in its victims. The many scene changes are swift and slick with ingenious use of props, lighting and sound effects to fire the imagination of the audience.

Three very talented and experienced actors play the many and varied parts. The resourceful Sean Duvall is Sherlock Holmes, the master of disguise and is strangely entrancing in several other guises. Bob Jennings is perfectly cast as the stalwart Dr Watson, with just a hint of Charlie Chaplin, and Paul Baston demonstrates his versatility as he portrays the Baskerville family, among others. This is a real hat-trick of talent.

Directed by Miles Buckley, this is a funny, quirky, fast-paced play which is sure to thrill and amuse in equal measures. There are moments of manic madness as Watson gets trigger happy, towels shrink inexplicably and trousers simply vanish, but somehow they get to the end of the story – eventually. You may have a feeling of déjà-vu at some stage but don’t worry – it’s all part of the plot.

The play runs from Wednesday 12th – Saturday 15th November.
Doors and bar open 7.00pm, curtain up at 7.30pm
Tickets £8 - call 01565 633000 or email  tickets@knutsfordlittletheatre.com
Knutsford Little Theatre, Queen Street WA16 6HZ