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Sherlock Holmes Takes On A Female Dr Watson In Comedy Farce
One of Sherlock Holmes' most famous cases is being given a new lease of life in a way that many fans of the legendary fictional detective may struggle to recognise. The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1901, has been turned into a comedy farce for the live stage. And the setting for the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery is switching from mist-covered Dartmoor to the Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire on May 24 as part of a national tour. The stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles promises to be an innovative, inventive comedy that features just two actors who impressively play all the parts themselves.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Expect some changes in this comedy version of the Sherlock Holmes classic


In a major departure from Conan Doyle's pipe-smoking sleuth, Sherlock Holmes' dependable sidekick Dr Watson becomes a woman. The new figure of Dr Jane Watson accompanies Holmes on their journey through the streets of London to the Devonshire Moors as they attempt to solve the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles - the third of Conan Doyle's crime novels featuring the ace detective. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles which we are all familiar with tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supposed supernatural origin.

Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick theatre


The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is apparently not deemed suitable for those aged under 16, can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on May 24, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced 20 each are available by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Forthcoming UK shows

May 15 Basildon Towngate Theatre
May 16 - 18 Guildford The Mill Studio
May 22 Andover The Lights
May 23 Didcot Cornerstone
May 24 Lichfield Garrick Theatre
May 25 Penzance The Acorn
May 30 & 31 Doncaster Cast

June 1 Liverpool Epstein Theatre
June 2 Castleford Phoenix Theatre
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Why? Farcical Re-telling of the Classic Sherlock Holmes Tale
When: May 24
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets cost 20
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