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Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot

Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5f, 3m

The Game’s Afootgives 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 Fine Arts Examiner
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
    5f, 3m
  • 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
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, Best Play
Description
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.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
Cautions
  • Gun Shots

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

The living room of the mansion of William Gillette on the Connecticut River near East Haddam, Connecticut.

Casting

5f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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

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Press

“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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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy Fo ...

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