Chris High reviews 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles'

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adapted by Peepolykus and Steven Canny
Javier Marzan, John Nicholson, Jason Thorpe
Director: Orla O’Loughlin

Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Saturday 24th February, 2007

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Energy. Creativity. Skill. Fun. Four words that sum up this production of The Hound Of The Baskervilles as done by the three members of Peepolykus who, in a little over two hours, play all of the parts. Not only do they deliver superb and hilarious performances, but they also stick to the basic plot – that of a rich American inheriting a family fortune and a deadly curse in deepest Devon – whilst twisting and turning it through sweating fingers without ever letting it drop.

Javier Marzan – a Spaniard – plays Sherlock Holmes and, though not exactly Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett, is still identifiable as the great man and Barrymore and Cecile and Stapleton and sometimes all three at once.

John Nicholson is a superb Doctor Watson, picking up the bumbling nature of Nigel Bruce and simply exaggerating it ten fold. Jason Thorpe as Sir Henry Baskerville, however, steals the show. It is his comic timing and boundless energy that catapults the story along like a train. Never does he stand still and never does he falter in delivering lines. Like all good clowns, all three make their job look easy. Thorpe, however, makes it look easier.

Overall, this is a masterly production filled with madness, mayhem and mirth that includes enough dry ice to satisfy 70’s Glam Rock band and enough hilarity to keep even the most ardent Peter Kay fan entertained. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Peepolykus style, is slapstick theatre that makes the audience hungry for more. Imagine Python on speed and you have a rough idea of what to expect. Two hours of absolute joy in the theatre.

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