Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of Baskervilles – Kildare Street Hotel, Dublin

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
adaptation: Alice Coghlan
Director: Alice Coghlan
Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy

The popularity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s enigmatic Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of waning. This popularity makes Wonderland Theatre’s adaptation of The Hound of Baskervilles a clever choice for Dublin audiences. The company offers their unique take on the ‘Dinner and a Show’ model, simultaneously providing the audience with a tasty three-course meal and an entertaining evening of theatre.

The production does not divert from the original story structure but delivers a tantalisingly farcical presentation of the classic detective form. The ensemble (consisting of Colm Kenny-Vaughan, Niall O Brian, Conor Marren, Jeremy Cooke, and Michelle Costello) play a variety of roles throughout. This is well delivered for the most part. There are a few dubious British accents, but as this production doesn’t take itself too seriously, this just adds to the comical charm. Conor Kenny-Vaughan deserves special mention, his portrayal of the narcissistic Holmes is well measured and perfectly paced, this is one actor to watch. The ensemble works well together and the breaking of the fourth wall is good humoured and unimposing.

The set, arranged in a theatrically slapdash fashion, adds to the enjoyment and the laid back delivery perfectly suits the overall event. The show, including intervals and dining time, comes in at a lofty three hours. The production could have benefited from some editing, or by simply allowing the patrons to eat during the performance itself. But there is no doubt that this is an entertaining and enjoyable way to spend an evening in Dublin.

Runs until 28 November 2016 | Image: Contributed. 

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