It’s your lucky week if you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan with back-to-back openings of two different versions of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Holmes’ mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Set largely on Dartmoor, the story finds Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigating a death involving an ancient family curse and a demonic dog. Conan Doyle’s 1905 crime novel was originally serialised in the Strand Magazine in 1901 and 1902.

The first version of The Hound of the Baskervilles opens in Greenwich tonight while the second (pictured) hits the West End tomorrow. Those two plays are amongst the major openings this week:

OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 16 April 2007, Clive Francis’ adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles arrives at Greenwich Theatre as part of a national tour, for a run to 21 April 2007.

ALSO TONIGHT, avant-garde punk band the Tiger Lilies return to Soho Theatre for a run to 28 April 2007.

ALSO TONIGHT, Sequins and Sawdust, Circus Space’s tale about the magic of the circus, opens at the Big Top on the South Bank, running to 21 April 2007.


OPENING TUESDAY, 17 April 2007 (preview 16 April), the second Hound of the Baskervilles, care of physical theatre company Peepolykus, transfers to the West End’s Duchess Theatre for a limited season to 21 July 2007, following a premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and its own regional tour (See News, 23 Mar 2007). In Steven Canny’s new creation, three actors – Jason Thorpe and Peepolykus founding members Javier Marzan and John Nicholson - perform all 20 roles, from Holmes and Watson to Sir Henry, the last of the Baskervilles, and the villain himself – but not including the Hell Hound.

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ALSO ON TUESDAY, Cocoa, a new play by George Gotts set on the Yorkshire Moors, premieres at Theatre503 for a limited season to 5 May 2007. Mary and Reg are really looking forward to their daughter coming home. Reg always used to make Charlotte her cocoa at night. It was one thing about being a parent he really enjoyed. But there's no sign of Charlotte, or the cat, who seems to have hidden herself away. Chris White directs.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, Ratan Thiyam’s Chorus Repertory Theatre of Manipur presents dance piece Nine Hills One Valley at the Barbican for a run to 21 April 2007.


OPENING WEDNESDAY, 18 April 2007 (preview 17 April), Menopause the Musical receives its London premiere at the Shaw Theatre, starring Su Pollard, Miquel Brown and Samantha Hughes (See News, 12 Oct 2006). The show, written and produced by Jeanie Linders, features 25 re-written pop parodies used to tell the story of women going through the change, and runs to 25 August 2007.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, the National Theatre of Scotland presents Aalst, based on the trial of two Belgians who were found guilty of murdering their children in 1999, at the Soho Theatre for a run to 28 April 2007 (See News, 12 Dec 2006). The play is conceived, directed and designed by Pol Heyvaert, with a new translation by Duncan McLean. It stars David McKay and Kate Dickie.

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, Mark Pinkosh performs Take Me with You, a new play written and directed by Godfrey Hamilton, at the Drill Hall, for a run to 4 May 2007.


OPENING THURSDAY, 19 April 2007 (preview 18 April), Twisted, David Dandridge’s play about sex and hedonism, receives its world premiere at Oval House, where its limited season continues until 5 May 2007. Tim Stark directs.


OPENING FRIDAY, 20 April 2007, English National Opera’s hit revival of On the Town returns to the London Coliseum, with a cast including Joshua Dallas, Ryan Molloy, Sean Palmer, Caroline O’Connor and June Whitfield (See News, 9 Mar 2007). Jude Kelly’s revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic Broadway musical, which broke box office records in 2005, returns for 20 performances only to 25 May 2007. Set in 1940s New York, three sailors on shore leave embark on the biggest adventure of their lives with just 24 hours to find fun and romance. Featuring a cast and orchestra of 105, On the Town is choreographed by Stephen Mear, conducted by Simon Lee and designed by Robert Jones.

- by Caroline Ansdell