BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOMES MYSTERY
Dates: August 30 – September 9
Style: Comedic Mystery Play
Run Time: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes (Including One Intermission)
Ages: 12 and up
(There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)
By Ken Ludwig
based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ken Ludwig’s transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure.
Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Is there truth to the legend of a supernatural hound? This certainly sounds like a case for the world’s most famous detective! In this fast-paced comedy mystery, the action moves from the shady streets of London to the haunted moors of Devonshire.
Join Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson as they try to escape a dizzying web of clues, disguises, and deceit as they are supported by three actors who portray more than 40 characters in a delightful mix of slapstick and adventure – demanding impossible quick changes, a Downtown Abbey’s worth of British dialects, and athletic physical comedy.
“Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” was originally produced by McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director
Arena Stage, Washington, DC
Molly Smith, Artistic Director; Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London’s West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year.
Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.
In addition, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Hal Holbrook.
His stage version of Murder on the Orient Express was written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play of the Year and is optioned for Broadway.
His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review.
He is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge and is a frequent guest speaker for groups as varied as The Oxford-Cambridge Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Baker Street Irregulars.
For more information, see his website at www.kenludwig.com.
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