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Ha Ha Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 17th Nov 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye
If you enjoy mad-cap, knockabout, physical comedy where you become a part of the show, then you’ll love Ha Ha Holmes.  The mayhem and laughter are relentless, as 3 actors and a pianist attempt to tell the story of The Hound of The Baskervilles, with the help of the audience of course!  Before the houselights have dimmed, writer/director and co-star Ben Langley invites us into this crazy world and the fun begins and doesn’t stop.
Former King of the Jungle, Joe Pasquale takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes.  With over 20 years as a top stand-up comedian, Joe has a list of theatre acting credits including Tom, Dick & Harry, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Dr in the House and The Wizard of Oz.   He presented  The Price is Right and has guest hosted the Paul O’Grady Show many times, as well as voicing characters in the Garfield and Muppets movies.  Joe has appeared 6 times in The Royal Variety Show and has become a mainstay of pantomime selling out in every performance each Christmas.
With theatre credits ranging from Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Three Men in a Boat to pantomime, Ben Langley is a master of physical comedy, playing not only Dr Watson, but a variety of other roles throughout the show.

Another pantomime regular, Andrew Fettes also has an extensive CV, including Spider’s Web, Taking Steps, The Ghost Train and most recently in the West End playing Albert in Steptoe and Son.

Ben and Andrew met 10 years ago and became founding members of the Ha Ha Boys, touring extensively with Ha Ha Halmet and Ha Ha Hitler.  Collaborating with Jamie Wilson Productions has helped the shows to be taken into bigger venues and enjoyed by wider audiences.  Joe Pasquale is a new member of the Ha Ha team, helping them to attract an even more diverse audience.  The trio are accompanied throughout by actor/musician Andy Pickering, who becomes the foil for some of their crazy antics.
The show is very clever, witty and, to be honest, a bit bonkers, but you just find yourself laughing at even the silliest of gags.  As the actors are all having so much fun and put so much energy into the show, we share in their exuberance and have a zany night.  It’s original, daft and very British and l guarantee will lift your spirits on a gloomy winter evening.  For information about the show and next year’s tour dates visit Their next production will be Ha Ha Hood – no prizes for guessing where that will be set!

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks for your review, Yvonne. It sounds like this adaptation of The Hound of The Baskervilles will have the audience howling with laughter!
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