Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra

by  Jack Sharkey, Tim Kelly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 8f

"Another winner from the masters of musical nonsense" - Tim Kelly and Jack Sharkey

"This zany musical is - fun! Will keep you dizzy and exhausted from laughter." - Fillmore Herald

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Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra

by  Jack Sharkey Tim Kelly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 8f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

There was only one Sherlock Holmes story that Dr. Watson never wrote down - "The Giant Rat of Sumatra," and the explanation of why it was never captured on paper is the plot of this engaging Victorian spoof. It begins with a heavily-veiled damsel (what else?) arriving at 221B Baker Street in need of the great detective's help. What follows is a mirthful adventure involving  Mata Hari, Jack the Ripper, Queen Victoria, the beautiful Lady Fitzroy, Mrs. Hudson, Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard and, of course, the evil Professor Moriarty. A jewelled dagger, Miniature Chamber, opium den, some immobilizing gas and a hideous idol are all part of the merriment, as the mystery leads from the London docks to Regent's Park.


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"Another winner from the masters of musical nonsense" - Tim Kelly and Jack Sharkey

"This zany musical is - fun! Will keep you dizzy and exhausted from laughter." - Fillmore Herald




Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre


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  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The entire action takes place in London, during Queen Victoria's Glorious Reign.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium


7m, 8f

JOHN H. WATSON, M.D. - writer of Sherlock Holmes stories.
SHERLOCK HOLMES - consulting detective.
VICIOUS-LOOKING RASCAL - Moriarty's henchman.
PROFESSOR MORIARTY - the "Napoleon of crime."
NEWSBOY - gets around.
HUDSON - Holmes' and Watson's landlady.
INSPECTOR LESTRADE - of Scotland Yard.
ISADORA DE MERVILLE - damsel in distress.
LADY SYBIL FITZROY - beautiful aristocrat.
DELIA - Lady Fitzroy's paid companion.
LIEUTENANT MICHAEL MOCKTURTLE - a scoundrel, but handsome.
OOLONG - exotic young beauty, dangerous.
MRS. WARREN - of fashionable society.
POLICEMAN - a London Bobby.
LANALUNI - a Hawaiian Hotcha.
MING CHOY - a Eurasian Yummy.
MAHARAJAH - an important Pooh-Bah.
QUEEN VICTORIA - Rule Britannia.
Londoners and others - Chorus

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Flexible chorus.


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1 Piano/Conductor score
15 vocal scores



Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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Sir Arthur Conan  Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA was first presented by The Magnificent Moorpark Melodrama & Vaudeville Theatre, Moorpark, California, on December 31,1986.

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