Malvern Theatre – until 9 October 2021
Reviewed by Kathie Hodges
It’s wonderful to be to back to live theatre, and you sensed that joy the actors felt just be up on stage performing the moment they stepped out. The Hound of the Baskervilles was an absolute delight.
The comedic remake of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned Sherlock Holmes mystery adapted for the stage by Steve Canny and John Nicholson, detailing the legend of the crazed hound rumoured to have haunted the Baskerville family for generations.
After the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville, under quite peculiar circumstances, Dr James Mortimer is compelled to seek out Sherlock Holmes and solve the mystery of the creepy moors.
Cleverly the huge array of characters are bought to life by only three super talented actors.
Jake Ferretti plays the part of Sherlock Holmes as well as a whole host of other characters that will have you in stitches.
Doctor Watson, Sherlock’s famous sidekick played by Niall Ransome gives a wonderful performance as the most lovable fool, whose loyalty to Sherlock is immeasurable, and Serena Manteghi who plays Sir Henry and a huge array of many others characters including Sir Charles, Dr Mortimer, and three yokels. The actors keep you on your toes throughout, I couldn’t look away for fearing of missing a trick, and there were a few surprises including a reenactment of the first half, in the second half, following a supposed ‘bad review’ on Twitter by an audience member, during the break.
This adaptation is executed beautifully and playful throughout. A real treat.