Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Date:2019-09-02      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Theatre

Dates: September 04 - 07, 2019


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles is cleverly presented on stage. What is different is that five performers vividly play 42 lifelike roles. The humorous dialogues between these them jointly form a strong British comedy atmosphere.

The Hound of the Baskervilles sparkles its own unique vitality among many Sherlock Holmes detective stories authored by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original work of The Hound of the Baskervilles was published from August 1901 to September 1902, which is one of the most complete four Sherlock Holmes novels. It was quickly adapted into stage works, followed by radio, film and television works and even video games. The Hound of the Baskervilles is also a household name.

This drama is created by famous playwright Ken Ludwig, who holds a magical comedic view of Sir Conan Doyle's exciting stories, and adapts the fight of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson against the criminals on the theatrical stage. Every generation of people has Holmes in their hearts. According to Ken Ludwig, the version of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in his mind is also imprinted in his innermost world. Those detectives are younger, more energetic and similar to those in the original work. In addition to roles, the scenes and stage effects have also been derived on this basis.


Writer: Ken Ludwig
Director: Loveday Ingram Lighting Designer: Tim Lutkin
Associate Lighting Designer: James Smith
Set & Costume Designer:Simon Daw


Jolyon Coy
Patrick Robinson
Matt Gavan
Jane Gurnett
Greg Haiste
Jolyon Coy


Ken Ludwig Playwright

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 28 plays and musicals, including six shows on Broadway and seven in London's West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His other awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre.

His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. Ken’s best known works include Crazy For You (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Game’s Afoot, Baskerville, Sherwood, A Fox on the Fairway, A Comedy of Tenors and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, which will open in the West End next season.

His play, The Gods of Comedy, premieres this season at The McCarter Theatre in Princeton and The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. His newest plays are Moriarty and Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which will premiere this fall at Arena Stage. On Broadway and the West End, his plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Collins and Kristen Bell.

He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, and Cambridge University. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages.

Loveday Ingram Director

Loveday Ingram trained with John Barton at the RSC and was previously Associate Director at Chichester Festival Theatre. Loveday’s theatre credits include The Rover, The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre/Chichester. Nominated for 4 Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Award), Three Sisters, Pal Joey (nominated for TMA and Barclay Best Musical Awards), Macbeth (Theatre Severn), Richard III (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal) and Boston Marriage, Hysteria (Irish Times Award) (Project Theatre Dublin) and so on.

Tim Lutkin Lighting Designer

Tim Lutkin has won many awards including London Laurence Olivier award for Best Lighting Design (winner),CA Theatre Bay Area award for Most Outstanding Lighting Design (winner), London Knight Of Illumination award for Best Lighting Design for a play (nomination), London What’s On Stage award for Best Lighting Designer (nomination), London Technical Theatre award for Achievement in Lighting Design (nomination) and UK Theatre award for Best Design (nomination).

Tim Lutkin's London West End programmes include Chimerica (Harold Pinter Theatre), Fiddler On The Roof (Playhouse Theatre), Elf–The Musical (Dominion Theatre), Quiz (Noël Coward Theatre), The Girls–A Musical Comedy (Phoenix Theatre), The Go-Between-Staring Michael Crawford (Apollo Theatre), Close To You-Bacharach Reimagined (CriterionTheatre), Impossible (Noël Coward Theatre), Strangers On A Train (Gielgud Theatre), The Full Monty (Noël Coward Theatre & National Tours), Allan Cumming-I Bought A Blue Car Today (Vaudeville Theatre), Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Programme (Vaudeville Theatre).

Tim Lutkin's programmes fro RSC include Timon of Athens, The Rover, Candide (Swan Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Theatre).His programmes for the National Theatre include Anthony & Cleopatra, Salome, Le Bancs (Olivier Theatre, National Theatre). Besides, his works also Walt Disney Imagineering include Mickey & The Magician (Animagique Theatre, Walt Disney Studios Park), Marvel Superheros United (Studio Theatre, Walt Disney Studios Park) (future projects opening 2019 & 2020).

Tim Lutkin's other theatre, arena tours & events include Philadelphia Here I Come!, Knives In Hens (Donmar, London), Fiddler On The Roof, Spamilton, What’s It All About (Menier Chocolate Factory), Destiny (MGM Theatre Macau), Dynamo Live: Seeing Is Believing (Hammersmith Apollo and World Arena Tour), Tell Me On A Sunday (Majestic Theatre-Shanghai and China tour), The Crucible (Old Vic Theatre, London), Strictly Ballroom–The Musical (Toronto & WYP), Ghost-The Musical (National Tour-co-design with Hugh Vanstone), One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep), BIG–The Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal & Dublin), Single Spies, The Winslow Boy (Chichester Festival Theatre and National Tours), Dynamo: The Power of X (Copper Box Arena, London), The Life Of The Party (Menier Chocolate Factory & TheatreWorks California), Bronte (Shared Experience), The Wondershow (Roundhouse), Once A Catholic (Tricycle & Royal Court Liverpool), Rebecca (Kneehigh Theatre, National Tour), Calendar Girls (National Tours), Children of the Smoke (Glasgow Green/Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme), Hope Place (Everyman, Liverpool) and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Royal Festival Hall).

James Smith Associate Lighting Designer

James Smith’s most recent lighting designs include lead light artist for Light Up Poole 2019, Merrily We Roll Along (GSMD), Bare: The Pop Opera (Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA), Dick Whittington (Poole Lighthouse), Gandeys Circus (UK Tours and Hong Kong), The Wipers Time (Watermill Theatre, UK Tours & Arts Theatre London) and so on. As an associate lighting designer, James’ most recent projects include Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour), Musical The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour and London Palladium), etc.

Other highlights include The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour and Vaudeville Theatre), The Caretaker (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), The Music Man (CFT), Nicholas Nickleby (CFT, UK Tour, London and Toronto), Macbeth (CFT, Gielgud Theatre London) and Coronation Street-Street of Dreams (Arena Tour).

Simon Daw Set & Costume Designer

Simon studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and Glasgow School of Art followed by a Postgrad at Motley Theatre Design Course, London.

Simon Daw's stage design credits include 1984 (Northern Ballet), The Worst Witch (Northampton Theatre Royal, UK Tour & Vaudeville Theatre), Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse), The Metamorphosis (Linbury, Royal Opera House and The Joyce, New York), As One (Royal Ballet), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dolls (National Theatre of Scotland), Romeo and Juliet (RSC, Stratford/Albery), Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (Bristol Old Vic), etc.

Mr. Daw's designs for opera include Owen Wingrave (Set Design: for Aldeburgh Music/Edinburgh International Festival).

Simon Daw's installation/performance commissions include The Competition (Shoreditch Town Hall), 3rd Ring Out (UK tour), Wave Structures, Hopefully it Means Nothing, Sea House (Aldeburgh Festival) and New Town (site specific/Arches).


Jolyon Coy as Sherlock Holmes

Jolyon Coy’s film credits include Beauty And the Beast, Testament of Youth, The Filth Estate, The Deep Blue Sea, etc. His TV credits include War & Peace, Mr Selfridge, The Windsors and so on, and his theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, Antony & Cleopatra(Shakespeare's Globe), Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Posh (West end, Royal Court), etc.

Patrick Robinson as Dr. Watson

Patrick Robinson’s Theatre credits include Macbeth (National Theatre Tour), Baskerville (Liverpool Everyman Theatre), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Theatre Severn), Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour), Warhorse (New London Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mappa Mundi (National Theatre), etc.

His television include Glass Houses, The Tempest, HIM, Mount Pleasant, Casualty, and many others. Patrick Robinson’s film include Belly Of The Beast, The Bee Stung Wasp, Monument (As Director), Driven & Four Days To Zero, etc.

Matt Gavan

Matt Gavan’s theatre credits include Fanny & Alexander, King Lear. His film and TV credits include Murder on the Orient Express, Pennyworth, etc.

Jane Gurnett

Jane has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. Her theatre credits include seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and West end productions. Parts played include Tanya (Mamma Mia), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Vittoria (The White Devil), Tzeitel (Fiddler on The Roof), Dawn (Steaming), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Dorinda (The Beau Stratagem) and Leanora (A Little Like Drowning).

Television credits include playing Nurse Rachel Longworth in Casualty (3 series), DI Cramer in Dangerfield (2 series), Crossroads (3 series). Jane’s other credits include Real Women, Taggart, Frost, Days at the Beach, The Rainbow, Napoleon and Josephine. Films include Melancholia and Drowning by Numbers.

Jane has completed a Master’s degree in the Teaching of Shakespeare and a BPhil in Autism. Amongst other work she delivers workshops for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford upon Avon and is co- director of Act for Autism a company promoting awareness of autism and creating theatre and film projects with autistic children. She is also a published academic author.

Greg Haiste

Greg Haiste was trained at RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

His theatre credits include Quiz (Chichester and West End), Nell Gwynn (Globe and West End), Richard II (Globe), 39 Steps (West End), etc. Greg Haiste’s TV credits include Pennyworth, Timewasters, Home Fires, True Crimes, See How They Run, Heartbeat, Jane Hall, Emmerdale and Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor. His film include The Current War, The Time of Our Lives, Starfish.

Greg is also a comedy writer/performer in the award-winning double act Haiste and Lawrence, and is heavily involved in the theatre mentoring charity “Scene and Heard”, which won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.