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The Hound Of The Baskervilles

    by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Catherine O'Reilly & Tim Churchill


       

Synopsis

Thriller Drama Play Script: 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' by Conan Doyle adapted by Catherine o@Reilly & Tim Churchill

The Baskerville family have long been haunted by the tale of a terrifying and spectral hound that wanders the bleak moors surrounding the ancestral home.

Following the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the imminent arrival of the new heir, Sherlock Holmes is assigned to investigate. Holmes accompanied by his friend Dr Watson learn from Dr Mortimer of the curse of the hound of the Baskervilles and of the immediate danger that faces the new heir Sir Henry Baskerville.

Holmes heads back to London to tie up loose ends on another case leaving Watson to keep a watch on Sir Henry but all is not as it seems at Baskerville Hall with the suspicious behaviour of the Barrymores, and the arrival of the enthusiastic Stapleton and his beautiful sister Beryl for whom Sir Henry has romantic overtures.

Watson's investigation becomes more intriguing following a party held by Sir Henry to meet some of his local neighbours and the list of likely suspects starts to increase with the arrival of the contradictory and troublesome Mrs Frankland. Watson and Sir Henry find themselves in grave danger when they venture out on to the moors in search of an escaped convict from the local prison only to come face to face with something far more terrifying.

The case takes another surprising turn when Barrymore confesses that a letter was received by the late Sir Charles on the morning of his death signed by the mysterious 'LL' who Watson discovers is a Mrs Laura Lyons the disowned daughter of Mrs Frankland. As the list of suspects mount up Watson once again finds himself on the moor in the dead of night where he finds Holmes has been living rough while conducting his own investigation into this complex mystery. Holmes summons all the suspects back to Baskerville Hall and what follows is a surprising revelation and a tense final showdown with a cunning and psychopathic nemesis.

Does this hound of hell exist?  Is it a supernatural entity that haunts this cursed family? Or is there something far more sinister happening at Baskerville Hall?

Characters

(6m, 4f)

  • Mortimer
  • Barrymore
  • Watson
  • Holmes
  • Sir Henry Baskerville
  • Mrs Barrymore
  • Beryl Stapleton
  • Stapleton
  • Mrs Laura Lyons
  • Mrs Frankland
Sir Charles & Seldon: two additional characters who are only seen briefly and can be doubled by Stapleton or played by stage management or an actor/actors who prefer little to do.

       

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