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A Sherlock Holmes Mystery in The Watermill Theatre Gardens
By Arthur Conan Doyle
A new version devised by the company

“A huge comedy caper, and tremendous fun” – British Theatre Guide

"A frolicsome spectacle of heavenly delight” – Daily Telegraph 4*

"Delivered with tongue-in-cheek energy” – The Times 4*

"This production can only be described as a total miracle” Oxford Mail 5*

Wed 29 Jul 2020 - Sun 06 Sep 2020

This summer, we will be presenting The Hound of the Baskervilles and Camelot for audiences to enjoy from socially distanced tables, each seating up to four people, outside in The Watermill Theatre's beautiful gardens. 

We are pleased to announce that following high demand we will be extending the run of The Hound of the Baskervilles until Sunday 6 September and Camelot until Saturday 5 September. Tickets go on sale Thursday 6 August at 10am.

A mysterious murder, an ancient curse and a legendary detective…

Join us on the wild moors of Dartmoor and prepare for cryptic chaos with just three actors playing all the characters in a brand-new comedy version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story.

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with a look of horror still on his face and beside him the paw prints of a gigantic beast, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are summoned from Baker Street to investigate the crime and discover the truth about the Hound of the Baskervilles.

The show takes place outside in The Watermill Theatre gardens. Seats will be uncovered, and performances will go ahead whatever the weather, so bring a sun hat, warm clothes and waterproofs to enjoy the experience of watching the mystery unfold in the garden. You may also wish to bring a cushion.

Age guidance 8+

Running time: approximately 1 hour 25 minutes including interval

Tickets £100 per table. Each table seats up to four people, from your party only.
(e.g. £25 per person for a table of four people, £50 per person for a table of two people)

Tables are unreserved and you will be able to select your table on arrival.

Wednesday 29 July to Saturday 8 August - SOLD OUT
Monday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm, doors open at 5pm.
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm, doors open at midday. 

Wednesday 19 August to Sunday 6 September: 
Weekday matinées Monday to Wednesday and Friday (excluding Monday 31 August) at 2.30pm, doors open at midday. 

Sundays and Monday 31 August performances at 1.30pm, doors open at 12.30pm, and performances at 5.30pm, doors open at 3.30pm.


Dine at The Watermill 
Why not enjoy the whole Watermill experience and book to dine before the show or have a cream tea after the matinée.

Click to find out more about Pre Evening Show Supper here, Pre Matinee Lunch herePost Matinee Cream Tea here, and Watermill Special Afternoon Tea here. Please book in advance by calling the box office on 01635 46044.

Only food and drink purchased at The Watermill may be consumed on the premises. Unfortunately, picnics are not permitted.


Social Distancing and Safety Measures

To ensure the safety of our audience members, performers, and staff, we have implemented social distancing measures, and this includes significantly reducing the number of audience members we can welcome onsite for each performance.

From 29 July to 8 August, there will be twenty tables on the back lawn available for each performance. From 19 August to 6 September, performances will move to the front lawn where there will be fourteen tables available for each performance. Each table can seat a maximum of four people from your party only. Tables are unreserved and you will be able to select your table on arrival. Each table will be in its own 2 metre x 2 metre area with space between neighbouring tables and aisles.

For more information, please read our FAQs here.


Director Abigail Pickard Price

James Mack

Watermill credits include: The Rivals (2018), Macbeth (2015) and Journey’s End (2014).

Theatre credits include: Stanley in One Man Two Guvnors (Torch Theatre); Harry K. Thaw in Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre); Dom in Rain (Matchstick Theatre); Ryan in This Heaven (Finborough); Understudy Sandy Tyrell and Simon Bliss in Hay Fever (Duke of Yorks West End); Ensemble in A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion); Terry in Confusions (Theatre Royal Haymarket Youth Company); Traveller in The Insect Play (Theatre Haymarket Youth Company).

Rosalind Lailey

Watermill credits include: A Mini Summer Night’s Dream (2019).

Theatre credits include: The Railway Children (York Theatre Royal); Sonnet Sunday (Shakespeare’s Globe); The River Runner (Tour).

Television credits include: Pan Tau (Caligari Film).

Film credits include: Charlotte (January Films).

Trained: Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Victoria Blunt

Watermill credits include: Romeo and Juliet (2017, 2016); Twelfth Night (2017); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018, 2020); Macbeth (2019).

Theatre credits includes: Prism (UK tour); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Lady Windermere’s Fan (West End); Dead Funny (West End); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Company).

Television work includes: Borderline (Netflix).

Trained: Oxford School of Drama (2015).