"Whereas the original story was a serious piece of literature, the stage adaptation certainly is not," James said.
"It gets a gloriously funny and rather silly makeover, packed full of verbal humour, visual buffoonery, fast-paced changes and absolute lunacy.
"Whether audiences know much about Sherlock Holmes or not, they'll certainly get more than a laugh or two out of how we present this classic story.
"Some Sherlock Holmes fans may frown at the thought of a comedy version of The Hound of the Baskervilles but we're not ridiculing the characters nor the story – just having a lot of fun in the way the characters and story are presented.
"It's a very affectionate spoof of the world's greatest fictional detective."
In terms of challenges, the original script had next to nothing in explanations of how to stage the production meaning James had to come up with many physical comedy ideas himself.
"By doing so, we've kept the flavour of the piece which sends up so many theatre techniques and conventions," he said.
"The Hound of the Baskervilles appealed because it was a hilarious play to read with its mix of verbal and physical humour and the potential to break down some theatre conventions and make fun of them," James said.
The actors break out of character to address the audience, the stage manager wanders about setting up scenes oblivious to what's going on, costumes are clothes thrown over the top of other clothes, props appear from nowhere and sound effects pop in and out at will.