Comedy actor Dave Hearn returns to the Theatre by the Lake (TBTL) in Keswick this summer, with a lead role in West End hit adaptation The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Mr Hearn, who has featured in many 'Goes Wrong' style productions, will play the role of Sherlock Holmes when it comes to the lakeside playhouse from Friday, August 9, until Saturday, September 14.

The Hound of the Baskervilles was adapted for the stage in 2006 by John Nicholson and Steven Canny.

Mr Nicholson, who takes the helm again in this tweaked revival, said: "Steve Canny and I have rewritten our original 2006 script to make it funnier, sexier and feel more contemporary.

"Since that time there has been an explosion of 'Goes Wrong' style theatre.

"With this new script however, we wanted to go back and delve deeper into character comedy, clown and dramatic tension.

"TBTL has such a great reputation - everyone who does a project here tends to fall in love with the theatre.

"I visited briefly when I was working on One Man Two Guvnors and thought it would be fantastic to have the opportunity to make a show here.

"Although Baskervilles is set in Dartmoor, I think the wild beauty of Cumbria will be inspiring."

The play features a whole range of characters, all performed by a team of just three actors.

Joining Mr Hearn on stage are Helena Antoniou and Katy Daghorn.

The production’s creative crew comprises Fi Russell (set and costume designer), Simisola Majekodunmi (lighting designer), Peter Coyte (composer and sound designer) and Sundeep Saini (choreography and movement).

For those interested in attending, tickets are available now.

Accessible performances, including audio described, captioned, BSL interpreted and relaxed, are also offered.

To book, check out the Theatre by the Lake website or call the box office on 01768 774411.