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Photo by Barry Brown Images / Emma Jordan, left, as Sherlock Holmes and Hannah Hays as Doctor Watson star in "Baskerville" at the Cumberland County Playhouse through Nov. 7.

The world's greatest consulting detective and Dr. Watson race to solve their most fiendishly puzzling case yet as Cumberland County Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery" beginning Friday, Oct. 11.

"It's certainly no mystery that our audiences love Ken Ludwig's plays," said Producing Director Bryce McDonald. "And Sherlock Holmes is more popular than ever, inspiring two recent television series, while a new Holmes film is expected to be released in 2021. 'Baskerville,' – with its perfectly balanced mix of mystery and comedy, seemed like a perfect choice for us."

"Baskerville" is a murderously funny adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," which transforms this famous Victorian whodunit into a hilarious theatrical adventure full of humor, horror and stage magic.

Sherlock Holmes (played by Emma Jordan) and her trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson (Hannah Hays) race to solve the most mystifying and dangerous case of their careers. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before the family curse strikes again.

Along the way, they encounter nearly 40 other characters – all played by three actors: Daniel Black, Lauren Marshall and Grayson Yockey. This nimble trio must navigate through more than 75 lightning-fast costume changes, coming on and off stage almost as quickly as the twists and turns of this delightfully complex plot reveal themselves.

"Sustaining the pace and mood for such an intricate story requires an exceptional creative team," said director/set designer John Fionte. "I'm fortunate to be collaborating with some of the best in the business. The dozens of Victorian-era costumes are designed by Andy Wallach, with lighting design by Emily Becher-McKeever, props by Jamie Potter and sound design by Matt Bundy."

Holmes and Watson's search for the truth is anything but elementary as they contend with a dizzying web of clues, outlandish accents, disguises and deceit. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Can costume changes really be that fast?

These and many more questions are waiting to be answered beginning Oct. 11 in the Playhouse's Adventure Theater.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ccplayhouse.com/ or by calling 931-484-5000.

 

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