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Arts Theatre Cronulla's new play The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) opens today

Arts Theatre Cronulla's new play The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) opens today and promises audiences a rollicking good time.

The Ken Ludwig play won the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America, and combines breathtaking mystery and high hilarity in equal parts.

Set in 1936 during the Christmas holidays at the Connecticut mansion of playwright/leading actor/amateur-detective William Gillette, the intrigue and laughs are non-stop in this glittering whodunit.

Admired the world over for his Sherlock Holmes roles, Gillette's latest on-stage thriller has just closed after a long run, with an actual attempted murder at the final curtain call.

He invites his fellow cast members to his isolated Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry, but when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.

The character Sherlock Holmes was created in 1887 by British writer and physician Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. The stories were considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

William Gillette was an American actor, playwright and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and for the extraordinary stone castle he built on a promontory above the Connecticut River in East Haddam. The castle still stands today.

The cast is led by Gary Clark as William Gillette.

Details: The play will run from May 7 to June 12 with performances on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. There are also three Sunday afternoon matinees. Tickets are $30/$27. To book online click here.