‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Review – Jermyn Street Theatre
The Hound of the Baskervilles – another hit for the Jermyn Street Theatre but this time, with a big smile on it’s face!
Ibsen may be fun for you more erudite theatre goers and no doubt ‘Blinding Light‘ and ‘Miss Julie‘ deserved their rave reviews and liberally scattered star ratings but you know what – sometimes its nice to go to the theatre for a bloody good laugh!
And Jermyn Street Theatre demonstrates it can do that too. I blame that Tom ‘next stop the National’ Littler. Far too good at the artistic director bit. And a nice chap. Bah.
Anyway, this Baskervilles thing involves enjoying a laugh out loud comedic distillate of the well known Conan Doyle story, with just three actors, Shaun Chambers, Max Hutchinson and Simon Kane, delivering all the roles. Look – it must be funny, even the Missus was smiling. And that never happens. Ever.
So when Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate with terror etched on his face and the paw prints of a colossal hound beside his body, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must unravel the mysteries surronding the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles. This is a faced paced show and the flamboyance of the acting – yes, that’s you Simon – actually suit this intimate space well. If you’re not sure about humour, just pop in for the opening of the second half – in minutes the team relive a rapid fire version of the first half of the show which has the audience helpless.
Wonderful – must be something to do with Lotte Wakeham’s direction.
If you’re an Ibsen fan, think of this as an intelligent pantomime – no demeaning ‘He’s behind you!’ audience participation, thank Goodness, but it will put you in the mood for Christmas.
Oh yes it will.
Hound of the Baskervilles – Jermyn Street Theatre – to 13 Jan 2018