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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adapted by Peepolykus and Steven Canny

Directed by Katrina Stevenson

Jan. 8 – Feb. 2, 2014

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated

What It's About

An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer on the loose! The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. One after another, the male heirs of the Baskerville family are being knocked off. Sherlock Holmes, self-proclaimed “greatest detective of all time,” sends Dr. Watson to the countryside in order to prevent more bloodshed, and naturally mayhem (and, in this case wackiness!) of various kinds ensues.

Fans of Jobsite’s previous sold-out productions of The 39 Steps and the (abridged) plays will not want to miss this similarly-veined three-person tour-de-force starring Giles Davies (Sherlock Holmes, et al), David Jenkins (Dr. Watson) and Shawn Paonessa (Sir Henry Baskerville, et al).

In 2007, London’s Peepolykus theater company broke box office records at West Yorkshire Playhouse (also the birthplace of The 39 Steps) with this ingenious adaptation, completely selling out its entire five week run. After touring to Oxford Playhouse, Winchester Theatre Royal, and Liverpool Everyman the show transferred to the West End for a season at The Duchess Theatre, and then finally New York.

David M. Jenkins, Giles Davies and Shawn Paonessa in Jobsite's The Hound of the Baskervilles. (Photo by Crawford Long.)

The most popular of the Sherlock Holmes stories becomes pure comic bliss – The Stage

… in the post-Christmas lull, silliness is next to godliness. And theatre doesn’t come much more sillier than The Hound of the Baskervilles – The Daily Telegraph

… unites constantly inventive physical and verbal comedy with a cheeky respect for the original. – WhatsOnStage

Critic Reviews

laugh-out-loud funny ... They use every piece of the play to provide laughter, from the props to the character transitions ... This attention to detail is evident throughout the play, just as Holmes would have liked. – Tampa Bay Times

Giles Davies, David Jenkins, and Shawn Paonessa must be the hardest-working actors in Florida this month. Playing a dozen roles in the fast-paced Hound of the Baskervilles, they run on- and offstage and in and out of costume so quickly, it’s amazing they don’t lift off the ground and start flying ... kudos to the actors for their heroic hijinks. – Creative Loafing

Even though the whole story line is about a murder, the actors (Giles Davis, Shawn Paonessa, and David M. Jenkins) have done a fantastic job making the production funny…. a fantastic mixture of comedy and mystery for a wide range of interests and this is definitely something I would love to see again. – Alexa B., budding theatre critic


Cast & Crew

  • Katrina Stevenson – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Giles Davies – Sherlock Holmes, et. al.
  • David M. Jenkins – Doctor Watson, et. al.
  • Shawn Paonessa – Sir Henry Baskerville, et. al.


  • Naomy Ambroise – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Nick Hoop – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic/Lighting Designer
  • Dave Steinweg – Sound Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Patron Reviews

Congratulations to the entire company for tonight’s wonderful show! It was so well done and so very enjoyable. Thank you for a great evening. – Elissa O. Getto

Just wanted to say we thoroughly enjoyed Hound of the Baskervilles. We had been thinking of not coming into the city yesterday since it was such a nice day and we were working outside in the yard. We are both very glad we decided to. Very, very hilarious […] It truly “works” with the three of you together! Everyone around us were enjoying it, too! Thanks for a funny Sunday! – Dona & John

… a hilarious send-up of the dark “Hounds” – fabulous actors, incredible directing, wonderful (and really interesting) music, and creative and highly functional set! Just a great production, all the way around … Guess it’s time for season tickets to your theater, too. Congrats! – Karen Buesing

The Hound of the Baskervilles was so incredible! Sometimes you get to just sit as an audience member and learn. Thank you Jobsite Theater for a wonderful night out. – Ryan Bernier

Excellent show tonight! The guys looked like they were having fun … I know we did! – Lisa Doelling Carlson

AMAZING SHOW LAST NIGHT!!!! repeat for every other show possible … all three performances were simply perfect! – Jason Vaughan Evans

Had a great weekend…saw The Hound of the Baskervilles with Jobsite Theater and absolutely loved it – would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something to do this weekend! – Rachel Tohn

I seriously can’t recommend Hound of the Baskervilles over at Jobsite Theater highly enough. It’s the funniest show I’ve seen in a very long time and maybe my favorite Jobsite show ever (sssshhh!). Truly, there were times I missed what was said because I was laughing so hard. Go see for yourself. – Lisa Hoover McGreevy

This is SUCH a good show. Don’t miss it. We all need more laughter in our lives!!!! – Rebecca Becnel Heimstead

Such a great show last night! Thank you so much for sharing your work and talent with us. We had such a wonderful evening. – Joey Bartell

I laughed until I cried! Spectacular show, all! – Bee Robinson

@jobsitetheater @StrazCenter Truly an AMAZING performance! @fsu2626 and I laughed the entire show! Bravo!!! – @TheKatLewis

Amazing performance again by the @jobsitetheater theater! This performance is one of their best! – @fsu2626

The Hound of the Baskerville was hilarious! I really enjoyed tonight. Another awesome show by @jobsitetheater #sherlockawesomeness

Great production inside and out, beginning to end!! Well done everyone! Congratulations! – Elizabeth Fendrick

Really good show tonight — the performances were wonderful!–and whoever chose to use the Vitamin String Quartet rocks! I’ve really enjoyed watching your performances this season. – Jimmy Kontos

If you want to have a GREAT night out and laugh until you think you will drop check out the Jobsite Theater this month. You will not regret it. And there are great places to eat within walking distance downtown. – Pattie Schultz

Opening Night was BRILLIANT! Great job cast, crew, designers and directors. So amazingly funny and fun. All around – sets, lights, music/sound, costumes, acting and directing. The script is great, too. I look forward to seeing it again next weekend. – Brad Casey

Great show! I don’t want to share spoilers, but the beginning of the second act was especially fun. You’ve got to be the hardest working team in show business! – Roberta Phillips

That was hilarious! Tremendously fun! – Susan Oliver

Enjoyed Jobsite’s The Hound of Baskervilles last night. It’s laugh out loud funny. Cast is outstanding and the set once again is amazing. This season just gets better and better. Highly recommend that you go see this show. – Kim Smallheer

Wonderful show! <3 – Jessica Ligeia Nite

Was an awesome comedy by this cast of three. Highly recommend! – Beth Pence Tohn

A bloody, silly good time. And the passion. You can’t forget the passion…. Thank you for having me & for being a ceaseless trio of Awesome – Desiree Fantal

It was such an awesome show. LOLed all the way through. Thanks boys for a very funny evening 🙂 – Jaime Giangrande-Holcom

It was an excellent show, thank YOU. – Christine Krieg

Great show, everyone! Hilarious! We loved it! – Stephen Ray

I won’t “beat around the bush” go see The Hound of the Baskervilles @jobsitetheater – it was fantastic! – @JamisonHudson

Really dug “The Hound of The Baskervilles” show last night @StrazCenter / @jobsitetheater. Go see it – @jasonsowell

I hope @jobsitetheater will forgive my tweeting. Hound of the Baskervilles was a riot! Laughed like crazy! #tampatheater #tampa – @ladriaan

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