Something we would know little about over here in the Colonies.
Panto villain David Leonard to switch sides to play Sherlock Holmes in The Hound Of The Baskervilles
YORK Theatre Royal pantomime villain David Leonard is to be seen in a new guise this summer, as the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes in The Hound Of The Baskervilles.
Billed as the Theatre Royal’s summer blockbuster, this fast paced family-friendly romp will be directed by artistic director Damian Cruden, whose cast of up to six actor-musicians will be announced in full within the next few weeks.
Together with the director, they will part-devise the show during a playful five-week rehearsal period, creating a Victorian troupe of storytellers. who will take on multiple roles to tell Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventure.
Damian Cruden says: ‘We plan to use every theatrical trick in the book, using our new staging following the theatre's renovation. Expect music, mayhem and lightning-fast action from a very talented team of actors. David Leonard will make a superb Holmes, he’s made for the role and our York audience will love seeing a different side to him."
In addition to his celebrated panto villain, Leonard has appeared on the Theatre Royal stage as Elyot Chase in Noel Coward's Private Lives in 1991, Shakespeare's Richard III in 1994 and Vic, a crook turned TV megastar, in Alan Ayckbourn's Man Of The Moment in 1998.
The Hound Of The Baskervilles will run in York Theatre Royal's main auditorium from July 29 to August 27. Tickets can be booked on 01904 623568 or at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk