The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays (since 2012)

The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays is an American play written by Ken Ludwig, premiered on 25 november 2011 (Cleveland Play House, USA) and since played throughout the USA by various directors and actors. 120 minutes. Despite the title, there is no characters from the original Sherlock Holmes stories in the plot but the William Gillette character is wearing the usual Sherlock Holmes outfits.

The play was edited by Samuel French Ltd., and won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

Acclaimed actor of the 1930s, William Gillette, invites his Sherlock Holmes co-stars to his eccentric Connecticut mansion for a Christmas Eve celebration. When one of the guests is murdered, Gillette employs the persona of the master detective he's made famous on the stage...



Extract of The Game's Afoot played at Asolo Rep, 12 may 2013


  • William Gillette : Donald Sage Mackay
  • Felix Giesel : Eric Hissom
  • Daria Chase : Erika Rolfsrud
  • Martha Gillette : Patricia Kilgarriff
  • Aggie Wheeler : Mattie Hawkinson
  • Simon Bright : Rob McClure
  • Madge Giesel : Lise Bruneau
  • Inspector Goring : Sarah Day


  • Director : Aaron Posner
  • Playwright : Ken Ludwig
  • Scenic Design : Daniel Conway
  • Lighting Ddesign : Thom Weaver
  • Costume Design : Linda Roethke
  • Sound Design : James C. Swonger



  • 30 november - 30 december 2011 : Cleveland Play House (USA)

Current productions

Credits: Roger Mastroianni (photos)