One of the strengths of the canon - and Conan Doyle's writing - is its ability to connote a vivid, memorable atmosphere. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most frequently adapted - and most noted by both scholars and casual fans - of Conan Doyle's novels for its ability to immerse the reader in a moody, darkened setting.
Thankfully, the Veni Vidi Theatre company in London is producing a uniquely styled adaptation. From August 15th to August 20th, the Theater adapted The Hound of the Baskervilles as a radio drama - actors voicing the characters, and the production will be reminiscent of a pre-World War II audio production. (Think Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater as a comparison). Rather than do a scene-by-scene recreation onstage, the troupe appears to have gone one step further - providing an adaptation that attempts to engage the audience on both an immediate and more imaginative level.
Thankfully, Veni Vidi has provided some videos about the production. You can check out the playlist below:
This production of The Hound of the Baskervilles was adapted by Simon Williams, and is directed by Natalie Anne-Downs. Veni Vidi's adaptation seems to be a uniquely distinctive approach to the canon, and a must-see for Sherlockians everywhere. A review from remotegoat.co.uk called it "a perfect homage to both radio theatre and to Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary work."
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Editor's note: Gordon regularly covers the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and the entertainment industry. You can also find him at Blog THIS, Pal! and Comic Related.