THE GAME’S AFOOT: or Holmes for the Holidays

Written by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Paul Sztelma


Audition date: Tuesday Dec 8, 7.30pm for 8.00 start at the theatre

Season: April 8 to April 30, 2016

Once cast, we’ll have one read through before Christmas then start rehearsing in January


A comedy/thriller. 3 Males, 5 Females

It’s Christmas Eve, 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 (and his mother) to his sumptuous home for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous.

I’m looking for 8 committed, talented actors, willing to throw themselves into their roles (there will be a lot of throwing yourself around) and with a flair for physical comedy. The play involves a few stunts for the younger cast members but requires precision timing from everyone! It’s going to be fun.

CAST (ages are a guide only and not set in stone)

William Gillette – 30s/40s. Dashing, leading man type.

Martha Gillette – 50s plus. William’s mother, somewhat dotty, but not when it counts.

Felix Geisel – 30s/ 40s. Bombastic actor. Think Moriarty to Gillette’s Holmes.

Madge Geisel – 30s/40s. Flamboyant and wry. Felix’s wife.

Aggie Wheeler – 20s/early 30s. Charismatic, bright-eyed, full of life.

Simon Bright – 20s/early 30s. Sweet and affectionate.

Daria Chase – early 30s up. An entertainment journalist. Bold, brassy and formidable.

Inspector Harriett Goring – early 30s up. Quirky but smart police detective. Think Frances McDormand from Fargo (if that’s any help).

Please contact Paul Sztelma (0403 592 025 or for further details and a copy of the script. If you’re auditioning, please read the script!

Note: Castle Hill Players hold  6 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.