Hound of the Baskervilles sure to tickle the funny bone

Langley’s Ellie King has been busy teaching an old dog a few hilarious new tricks.

King, in conjunction with Bad Dog Productions is remounting a Western Canadian exclusive production of The Hound of the Baskervilles at Vancouver’s Studio 1398 on Granville Island, from Tuesday, April 22 until Saturday, May 3.

Directed by King, the spoof of the classic Sherlock Holmes story is billed as a challenging piece of theatre filled with lightning fast changes of character, scenery, and costume.

“The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous detective stories ever told,” said King.

The noble Baskerville family is threatened by a curse: “a great, black beast larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon” terrorizes and kills any family member who comes to live at the Baskerville estate.

Into this atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats, and ghostly apparitions comes the supremely rational Sherlock Holmes — a man described by his friend Watson as “the most perfect reasoning and observing machine the world has ever seen.”  Piece by piece, Holmes and Watson solve the mystery and find the culprit.

“This version of ‘The Hound’ while being immensely entertaining and very funny, nonetheless stays very close to the original plot,” said King.

“Expect thrills, chills and side-splitting comedy.”

Tickets for The Hound of the Baskervilles are available online at sherlockholmes.bpt.me, by phone at 1-800-838-3996, or in person (one hour prior to curtain only) at Studio 1398, which is located on Granville Island at 1398 Cartwright St.

Ticket prices and performance times are as follows: April 22-24 at 8 p.m.

Preview performances:  $15

Student Rush tickets:  $10 (with a valid student ID)

April 25, 26, 30 and May 1 to 3 at 8 p.m.

April 26 and May 3 at 3 p.m.

Adult admission:  $25

Over 60 and under 14:  $20

School matinees are April 30 and May 1 at 1 p.m.

School/group booking:  $10 (one complimentary ticket per 10 purchased).

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