A terrifying tale of a hound prowling the English moors is the first performance of a youth theatre group in their new venue.

The Green Theatre Company will present a stage version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles in the Cornerhouse arts centre, after leaving their New Malden home earlier this year.

The show tells the tale of the Baskerville fortune and its family curse.

As the threat of death from the fangs of a living horror stalks the countryside only the sleuthing powers of Sherlock Holmes can stop the beast from striking again.

Director Maria Clinton says she chose the play as the group’s debut because she wanted something fun and interesting with a chance to play with the lighting and mood.

She says: “This will be my first full-length production and I am looking forward to working with the Cornerhouse to produce what should be a spine-tingling evening’s entertainment.

“I love Sherlock Holmes. I’ve got all the books and I like trying to work the mysteries out. Hopefully audiences will feel the same.”

The director chose Emma Sullivan to play the detective’s male accomplice, Dr Watson, after they “bounced off each other” during auditions.

The youth drama company, which encourages 14 to 25- year-olds to get involved in all aspects of productions, hopes for as much support as possible in its new home.

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Cornerhouse, Douglas Road, Surbiton, May 31 to June 2, 7.45pm, £8/£6. Visit greentheatre.com, call 07587 196 378 or email bartongreen theatre@hotmail. com.