Eric Jones, Eleanor Dixon, Jason Avery, Martha Kelly in rehearsal at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild.

Credit: Vero Beach Theatre Guild

VERO BEACH — The Vero Beach Theatre Guild will perform Olivier Award- winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s “The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” on Nov. 6 through 18, 2018.

The play takes place in December 1936. 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 home for a weekend of revelry. Then, 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. Like all good mysteries, the audience along with Sherlock Holmes has fun trying to determine which member of the cast is the culprit.

Ken Ludwig has written 25 plays and musicals, many performed on Broadway and West End London. The Guild has a history of success with Ludwig’s brand of farce including last season’s “Lend Me a Tenor” which had audiences howling with laughter.

Art Pingree is the director of Vero Beach Theatre Guild’s production of “The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.” Pingree is the Theatre Guild’s Genie Award-winner for his direction of “The Lady with All the Answers” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” He is a retired Off-Broadway and dinner theater director.

Tickets for the play can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 772 562-8300.

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