Sherlock in Solitude Park

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are on the case with a free outdoor performance of the detective's most famous mystery in Banbridge

It's no mystery that Sherlock Holmes is literature's best-loved detective. From the fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to smash hit screen adaptations and every art form in between, the character has been part of the fabric of popular culture for almost 150 years.

Now, arguably he and his dear friend Dr Watson's most renowned case is coming to life in the scenic surrounds of Solitude Park, Banbridge. In a free, open-air production on Thursday, July 28 Chapterhouse Theatre Company will recreate and unravel the supernatural enigma in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Beginning at 7.30pm, audiences are invited to bring a picnic as well as perhaps a keen eye for observation, and be gripped by the legend of a phantom beast which is said to stalk the Baskerville estate.

Specialising in outdoor drama, Chapterhouse previously performed Emily Brontë's classical novel Wuthering Heights in 2014, which Culture NI praised for 'not only successfully condensing [the] complex masterpiece into a reasonably understandable adaptation, but for doing so in an outdoors location, the sunshine at odds with the story's gloomy atmosphere.

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In this tale, Holmes and Watson must investigate whether Sir Charles Baskerville has indeed been killed by a ghostly hound believed to haunt his family because of an age-old curse. They are introduced to the case by Dr. Mortimer, a friend of Baskerville, who found a paw print near Sir Charles’s corpse.

He is worried that there may be some truth to the superstitious legend, which is detailed in an old manuscript, and thus approaches Holmes in the hope that the detective can protect Sir Henry, who is soon to arrive to claim the family estate and fortune.

Will the duo solve the case before Sir Henry suffers the same fate as Sir Charles or will the hound, which roams the mist-enshrouded moors around the isolated Baskerville Hall on Dartmoor, claim the life of another member of the Baskerville family?

The answer may not be so simple, but as to where best to find out, well...'Elementary, our dear readers'.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council present Sherlock Holmes in Solitude Park from 7.30pm on July 28. The performance is free to attend.