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Mystery, intrigue and farce as The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to His Majesty’s Theatre


By David Porter

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Jake Ferretti and Niall Ransome star in the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Jake Ferretti and Niall Ransome star in the Hound of the Baskervilles.

A brand new production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles will be coming to the His Majesty’s Theatre stage February 2022, as the first event confirmed for Aberdeen’s international crime writing festival, Granite Noir.

Granite Noir, now in its sixth year, is a prominent part of Scotland’s festival and cultural landscape, with the event, put together by Aberdeen Performing Arts, growing in popularity each year and featuring some of the biggest names in crime fiction.

Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive, Jane Spiers said: “When it comes to crime fiction, it doesn’t come more classic than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A whodunnit for all ages is the perfect fit for Granite Noir 2022 and we are thrilled to be announcing this as the first event for our festival.

“The 2021 festival took place virtually so to be announcing a live performance for 2022 is extra special.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated adventure gets a brilliantly farcical overhaul in Lotte Wakeham’s acclaimed production.

A hit in the West End, this ingenious adaptation combines an exhilarating collision of farce, theatrical invention and wonderfully comic performances to offer a brand-new twist on the greatest detective story of all time.

World renowned detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr Watson are asked to unravel the mystery surrounding the untimely death of Sir Charles Baskerville. With rumours of a cursed giant hound loose on the moors, they must act fast in order to save the Baskerville’s family’s last remaining heir.

The cast of The Hound of the Baskervilles is Jake Ferretti (The Kitchen, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, The Understudy), as Sherlock Holmes, Serena Manteghi (Welcome to Iran, To Build A Rocket, Mrs Wilson) as Sir Henry and Niall Ransome as Dr Watson (Mischief Movie Night, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Fcuk’d).

The award-winning Original Theatre Company and Octagon Theatre Bolton present the 2021/22 tour, adapted for the stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus, and directed on tour by Tim Jackson.

Original direction is by Lotte Wakeham, Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton who has directed sell-out productions in London, New York and throughout the UK.

Lotte Wakeham said: “I’ve been blown away by the wonderful response to this production of The Hound of the Baskervilles; it’s been a real joy to have audiences back in the theatre, laughing uproarisously every night.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with Original Theatre Company so that this production can now embark on a national tour and be enjoyed even more widely.

"I think it’s exactly the sort of joyful, energetic and entertaining show that audiences will be hungry for and I’m delighted to be sharing the Octagon’s work across the UK.

"Our top-notch cast and superb creative and technical team are raring to go, and we’re looking forward to giving our audiences a fantastic night out.”

The Hound of the Baskervilles is at His Majesty’s Theatre from Tuesday, February 22 – Saturday, February 26 2022.

Tickets are on sale to Aberdeen Performing Arts Friends on Thursday, October 14 and on general sale on Friday, October 15, available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.


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