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A classic tale written by Arthur Conan Doyle will be performed by Westacre Theatre Company between Thursday, July 28 and Sunday, August 6.

Company members are in rehearsal for the mystery, Hound of the Baskervilles that stars Conan Doyle's now famous characters Sherlock Holmes and his partner in sleuthing, Doctor Watson.

Many of Conan Doyle’s ardent fans see this as being his best book among the gripping adventures and after some 130 years after Holmes first appeared in print, he continues to be the most popular fictional detective ever.

Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174574)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174574)

The performance will make the most of their outdoors stage to bring the plot’s many twists and turns to life in this side-splitting spoof and retelling the entire plot in a single evening means the audience is in for a fun-filled surreal show.

This fast-paced piece features a local legend about a ghostly hound haunting Dartmoor and in the dark of night,

countless unsettling happenings unfold at Baskerville Hall.

Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174577)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174577)

The story has been retold umpteen times over the years with a film in 1978 starred Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman led the cast in the 2012 television series.

A 2021 audio adaptation adopted Westacre Theatre patron Stephen Fry as Watson.

In 2003 it ranked at number128 in the BBC Big Read poll of the UK’s best loved novels.

Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174580)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174580)

Taking on the multi-character parts in this version of world famous literature are the energetic drama students on Westacre Theatre’s Bursary Scheme.

Their time at the Theatre and stay in the village is thanks to the huge generosity of the Scheme’s numerous individual

benefactors and the essential support of the West Acre Estate.

Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174583)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174583)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174586)
Westacre Theatre will be performing Hound of the Baskervilles. Photos supplied. (58174586)

This production represents a real community effort giving these young people a unrivalled theatrical experience while the audience enjoy a thoroughly entertaining night out.

The six performances between July 28 and August 6 can be booked online at www.westacretheatre.com or the Box Office on 01760 755007.



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