Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.

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Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot

Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot

by  Ken Ludwig

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Christmas/Holiday
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, Best Play

Reviews

“An inspired whodunit […] a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists in playwright Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot that cause the audience to gasp.” - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Game’s Afoot is Murderously Funny!” - Broadway World Cleveland

“The play evolves like a mystery thriller, as one tantalizing clue leads to another […] In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, people flocked to the theater for a few hours of escapism from hard times. Today, in our current recession, here is an antidote and the ideal holiday present - the gift of laughter.” - Cleveland Jewish News

“Ludwig demonstrates the theatrical equivalent of perfect pitch, both in this new work and in his past efforts.” - Cleveland Scene

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” - Cleveland Examiner

“A hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. The Game’s Afoot is the perfect gift for the holidays..a fantastically fun night out at the theatre. It’s something we can be proud of as a city” - ClueintoCleveland.com

The Game’s Afoot will be performed by professional and community theaters across the country. Certainly this production is Broadway quality.” - TalkinBroadway.com

Videos

  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
  • Ken Ludwig's "The Game's Afoot" at Peninsula Players Theatre
  • Asolo Rep's The Game's Afoot
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The living room of the mansion of William Gillette on the Connecticut River near East Haddam, Connecticut.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 5f

MADGE GIESEL
SIMON BRIGHT
DARIA CHASE
INSPECTOR GORING
AGGIE WHEELER
MARTHA GILLETTE
WILLIAM GILLETTE
FELIX GEISEL

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called " ...

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