Hound of the Baskervilles to Haunt London's Duchess Theatre Beginning April 16

News   Hound of the Baskervilles to Haunt London's Duchess Theatre Beginning April 16 Peepolykus' adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles will transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre, previewing for one night before officially opening on April 17.

The production has been touring following a January-February run at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Doyle's thriller – which features an ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose - is the most celebrated of the author's Sherlock Holmes stories.

Under the direction of Orla O'Loughlin, Jason Thorpe (His Dark Materials) joins Peepolykus co-founders Javier Marzan and John Nicholson to play 20 characters.

Producers Beth Byrne Beal and Neal Street Productions' Caro Newling will hope to emulate the success of another part-parody-part-homage adaptation, The 39 Steps, which is booking at the Criterion Theatre until September. The two shows share sound designer Mic Pool, who was nominated for an Olivier for his work on The 39 Steps.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is adapted by Steven Canny, whose credits include associate director with Theatre de Complicite and associate director on Al Pacino's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Design is by Ti Green, whose work on Coram Boy (co-designed with director Melly Still) will soon be seen at Broadway's Imperial Theatre. The Duchess is currently hosting Richard Schiff in Glen Berger's solo play Underneath the Lintel. That run finishes March 31.

For more on The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is booking until July 21, call 0870 040 0082.