Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  1f, 4m

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 4m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Licence details
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Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery received its world premiere as a co-production between Arena Stage in Washington DC and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey in 2015, under the direction of Amanda Dehnert.

  • Time Period Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting The moors of Devonshire.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“A madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic.” – DC Theatre Scene

“The joy in watching [the] witty new play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way. By dispensing with British formality, Ken Ludwig has given us a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call." Broadway World, Read More

“Written by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the new play turns one of Holmes’ most famous mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on its head. Instead of a heady whodunit, this production is a fast-paced comedy." Washington City Paper

Baskerville is a madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic, done up in the style of The 39 Steps.” – DC Theatre Scene, Read More

“With this Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, the chase is on and with much joy... [There's] a freshness to this particular Holmesian world.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More

"Ken Ludvig’s zany, affectionate spoof of the Sherlock Holmes classic is two hours of inspired silliness, and here it is performed by a cast of comic timing genius." – British Theatre

"Baskerville boasts everything you could wish to see in a murder mystery comedy. It's fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, wholesome family-friendly fun." – WhatsOnStage


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  • Ken Ludwig's Baskerville - Arena Stage Trailer

  • Ken Ludwig's Baskerville - McCarter Theatre Center

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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the U ...

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