Auditions

The following auditions are currently scheduled:

The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson)
directed by Andy Lee

Playing Dates

Friday 12th to Saturday 20th June 2020
(8 performances)

Audition Dates

Sunday 5th January & Thursday 9th January 2020 both at 8pm at the Little Theatre.
Rehearsals from April 2020.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a gloriously funny makeover.

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...

Cheeky and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises, brilliant theatrical invention, and a new twist on the greatest detective of all time. Packed full of the verbal and visual ingenuity, this hit comedy is a sublimely funny adaptation of a classic tale.

Hound was as originally devised by Peepolykus, whose sublimely ridiculous style of anarchic comedy has been compared to The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python.

3 "Actors" playing 14 roles between them (main roles are in bold)

Actor 1 plays: Holmes, Stapleton, Cecile Stapleton, Mr Barrymore, Mrs Barrymore, Yokel 3
Actor 2 plays: Watson, Yokel 1
Actor 3 plays: Sir Henry Baskerville, Sir Charles Baskerville, Mortimer, Cabbie, Yokel 2, Wise Yokel

This is a play within a play; we see the actors discussing putting on the play at the start of each act before the Hound story begins, so each plays a version of themselves as an actor as well as the relevant male and female roles as above. Whilst scripted as 3 men, the "actors" could actually be men or women. Ages are not too important, but every actor needs to be physically fit as this will be a demanding show, performed in the round at frenetic pace. It is an amazing opportunity to play a variety of hilarious over-the-top characters and contribute to how to make the most of the comedy.

Books are available from Andy. If you took one from the Meet the Directors' evening and you are not going to audition, please can you return it to 142 Musley Hill, Ware, SG12 7NL or drop it off into the Theatre letterbox. If you're not able to make either audition date, just let me know so we can arrange an alternative. Any other questions, or offers of backstage help etc. do get in touch via as.lee@ntlworld.com or 07905 420251