Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 1f

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.
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Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by  Ken Ludwig

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Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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"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

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

With this Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, the chase is on and with much joy...What there is new is a freshness to this particular Holmesian world. There is also plenty of theatrical inventiveness conjured by Director Amanda Dehnert from playwright Ludwig’s script." - DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More


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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
    Performance rights for this title are currently withdrawn.



  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The moors of Devonshire.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


4m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

2 actors play Holmes and Watson, while the rest of the cast plays the remaining 40 characters.


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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. Lend Me a Tenor, which the Washington Post called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was no ...

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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.

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