“The Hound of the Baskervilles' stars North Vancouver’s Michael Charrois (The Maltese Bodkin

“The Hound of the Baskervilles' stars North Vancouver’s Michael Charrois (The Maltese Bodkin

Ridge actor in classic whodunnit

James Rowley stars in Bad Dog Productions' highly successful presentation of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Maple Ridge actor James Rowley is back on stage in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Directed by Langley-based, award-winning director Ellie King, this imaginative and hysterical spoof of the classic Sherlock Holmes story is a challenging, yet highly entertaining piece of theatre filled with lightning fast changes of character, scenery, and costume.

“The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most famous detective stories ever told,” said King.

The noble Baskerville family is threatened by a curse: “a great, black beast larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon” terrorizes and kills any family member who comes to live at the Baskerville estate.

Into this atmosphere of lonely moors, ancient secrets, deadly threats, and ghostly apparitions comes the supremely rational Sherlock Holmes — a man described by his friend Watson as “the most perfect reasoning and observing machine the world has ever seen.”  Piece by piece, Holmes and Watson solve the mystery and find the culprit.

“This version of ‘The Hound’ while being immensely entertaining and very funny, nonetheless stays very close to the original plot,” said King.

“Expect thrills, chills and side-splitting comedy.”

• The Hound of the Baskervilles plays April 25, 26, 30 and May 1-3   at Studio 1398, located on Granville Island at 1398 Cartwright St. Tickets at sherlockholmes.bpt.me or phone 1-800-838-3996.