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Sherlock Holmes & the Hound of the Baskervilles – Kildare St. Hotel – Review

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Wonderland Theatre Presents – Sherlock Holmes & the Hound of the Baskervilles – Kildare Street Hotel

The Hound of the Baskervilles was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and features his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes. It was originally serialised in The Strand magazine between 1901 and 1902. It tells the story of a diabolical hound which may or may not have been involved in the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, a friend of Dr. James Mortimer, who asks Holmes to investigate. Baskerville died in mysterious circumstances with a look of fear on his face. Footprints of a huge hound were found near the body!

This is a new production adapted and directed by Alice Coghlan and produced by Wonderland Theatre company. Wonderland have produced a number of site specific works and have featured in the Dublin Fringe Festival. This play was previously performed in Cafe en Seine but has now found its way to The Stella Lieu Boutique at the Kildare Street Hotel. Guests are seated at a table in the small room just off the lobby of the hotel, with actors using all the spaces and platforms available to them. The play is broken into three acts with food being served in the intervals! A ‘show only’ option is also available for those watching their waistline.

There are six actors in the piece and all take on a variety of roles. Don’t be surprised to see Colm Kenny Vaughan (Sherlock Holmes) turn up as a cab driver if the story requires it! Much of the original tale is left intact and with the stage time running at nearly two hours, it might have been helped by some editing. There is a rambunctious feel to the production and it is at its best when the actors interact with the audience, or battle on through adversity as the props turn against them! The relatively young cast do very well and the exuberant nature of the play adds to the experience. Some imagination is required to transport you to the moors or the various stately homes but the limitations of the space are all part of it. The production never lags and is played with a wry grin. And remember “as you value your life, or your reason, keep away from the moor.”

Venue: The Stella Lieu Boutique @ The Kildare Street Hotel – 47 – 49 Kildare Street, Dublin

30 October – 24 November, Evening performances from 7.15pm (Doors open 6:45 pm)
Sunday lunchtime performances from 2pm (Doors open 1:30 PM)

Dinner and Show Ticket €45. Group discounts available.

The Hound of the Baskervilles. Adapted and Directed by Alice Coghlan.

The Hound of the Baskervilles. Adapted and Directed by Alice Coghlan.

 

Cast List –

Sherlock Holmes and ensemble roles…………………………. Colm Kenny-Vaughan

Doctor Watson and Roisterer …………………………………………………..Niall O’Brien

Doctor Mortimer, Barrymore and Mr Stapleton ………………………. Conor Marren

Sir Henry and ensemble roles …………………………………………………Jeremy Cooke

Miss Stapleton and Laura Lyons ……………………………………………

Frances ….Played by a different member of Wonderland Drama Club each show

Creative Team

Director and Writer/Adaptor and program articles …………………… Alice Coghlan

Producers …………………………….. Sinead Gillett, Natalie Hans and Annabel Bass

Costume Design ………………………………………………………………………. Risa Ando

Set, Props and Production Design ……………………………………Katarznya Horzela

Sound Design and Composition …………………………………………..Thomas Dunne

Make Up …………………………………………………………………………. Gillian Kinahan

Production and Stage Management ………………………………..John Oliver Murphy

Assistant Stage Management ………………………….

Costume Assistants …………………… Paula Bourke-Girgis and Katherine Michael

Photography …………………………………………………………………….. Eugene Langan

Graphic Design ……………………………………………………………………..Oisin Hughes

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