The Hound of the Baskervilles Haunts Delaware Theatre Company

Matt Pfeiffer directs “barkingly hilarious” adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic

Delaware Theatre Company proudly presents the farcical, three-actor adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The play turns Sherlock Holmes’s greatest mystery into a performance filled with non-stop laughter. Join the hunt September 11 – 29, 2019. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29 and can be purchased online at DelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302) 594-1100.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved Sherlock Holmes story gets a makeover in an exhilarating collision of slapstick, absurdity, and silliness. Zany and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises and brilliant theatrical invention performed by a trio of endearing clowns and klutzes. Adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for three actors, this barkingly hilarious spoof leaves audiences dying from laughter.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are summoned to The Moors of Devonshire when Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with a large footprint nearby. Rumors of the curse of the Baskerville family suggest that a hound is haunting Baskerville Hall, hunting all of the family members. Holmes and Watson must work like dogs to solve the case and save the life of Sir Henry Baskerville.
Director Matt Pfeiffer says, “This version of the story is different than any other version; it is pure theatre. The premise of the play is that three actors perform it with limited resources. They’ve talked about how they’re going to tell this story, but it’s clear they haven’t rehearsed quite as much as they should have.” This leads to an astounding amount of silliness.
Though Benedict Cumberbatch was unavailable for the performance, Damon Bonetti is the perfect fit for the master detective (and many other characters). Bonetti is a Philadelphia-based actor, director, and musician. Dave Johnson returns to Delaware Theatre Company as Dr. John Watson (and others). He was last seen at DTC in The Explorer’s Club, an audience favorite. Finally, the hilarious Sean Close will play Sir Henry (and others).
Pfeiffer is joined by a tremendously talented creative team with Meghan Jones as Scenic Designer, Jill Keys as Costume Designer, Aly Docherty as Lighting Designer, Chris Colucci and Lucas Fendley as Sound Designers, and Mark Williams as Props Master.
What can you deduce?
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the perfect transition from summertime to school. Engage with this literary classic while having the most fun you’ve had since 1902. You will be fiercely entertained.
Performances are held on Delaware Theatre Company’s stage, located at 200 Water Street in Wilmington, DE, just feet from the beautiful Riverfront. The Hound of the Baskervilles runs September 11 – 29, 2019. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29 and can be purchased online atDelawareTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (302)594-1100. Free parking is available right outside of the theatre on Orange Street and next door at 101 Avenue of the Arts.
Institutional Summary: Currently in our 41st season, Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) is Delaware’s premier non-profit professional theatre. Recognized as a cornerstone in the Brandywine Valley’s rich cultural landscape, DTC has produced nearly 200 plays for over one million residents and visitors in its community. For more than four decades, DTC has been a pioneer in the revitalization of Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront and cultural district as the only LORT theatre in the state.

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