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A Sherlock Holmes Mystery in The Watermill Gardens
Devised by the original company

Fri 21 May 2021 - Sat 19 Jun 2021



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

Back by popular demand following last year’s sell-out summer run, join us on the wild moors of Dartmoor and prepare for cryptic chaos! Three actors play all the characters in this madcap version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story.

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

Join Holmes, Watson and a host of intriguing characters and watch the mystery unfold!


The Press on The Hound of the Baskervilles:  

'A frolicsome spectacle of heavenly delight' - Daily Telegraph ★★★★

'Delivered with tongue in cheek energy' - The Times ★★★★

'A huge comedy caper, and tremendous fun' - British Theatre Guide


Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Age Guidance: 8+
Unfortunately we cannot admit children aged 3 and under. 

Tickets: £25 per person.

All performances take place outside in The Watermill garden. All seating is socially distanced, with aisles and space between reserved seating areas.

Book an individual seat, or select a table for two, four or six people. Best availability is for tables of 4. All seats at a table must be purchased in a single transaction.

All seating areas on the lawn are wheelchair accessible, although tables near the path (beside the exit) may be more convenient. Please refer to the online seating plan or call the Box Office for guidance.

Aged 18–30 years? Limited number of £15 ‘Solo’ seats available for every performance (usually £25). To book, please call the Box Office on 01635 46044.


Accessible Performances 

British Sign Language integrated performance: Saturday 12 June at 2pm

Audio Described performance: Saturday 19 June at 2pm, Touch Tour at 12.30pm. 

To reserve a headset for the performance and to book your tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044.

We have taken steps to ensure a comfortable and relaxed environment for all, and welcome you to make use of the grounds to move around or take a break during performances should you need to.


The Great Outdoors 

This performance takes place outside and will go ahead whatever the weather. Seats in the garden are uncovered, so we recommend you bring appropriate clothing. You may also wish to bring a cushion and blankets. 


Dine at The Watermill 

Make the most of your time at The Watermill with a pre-show two course meal, or perhaps indulge in a cream tea after the matinée. Visit our Food & Drink page for more information.

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

Social Distancing and Safety Measures

All current government guidelines apply throughout the season. There is limited access to indoor areas, with a one-way system and hygiene measures in place. Face coverings will be required in indoor spaces, unless exempt, and in some circumstances outdoors, depending on Government guidance at the time of the performance. Staff will wear face coverings when in close proximity, such as when checking tickets or serving food. For more information, read our FAQs.




Directed by Abigail Pickard Price
Devised by the original company Victoria Blunt, James Mack, Rosalind Lailey and Abigail Pickard Price

Deputy Stage Manager
Chloe Walker
Assistant Stage Manager Natalie Toney