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Virginia Rep opens Ken Ludwig's holiday whodunit The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays on Friday, November 30 at the Hanover Tavern, the first show of the 2018-19 Hanover Season. This "murderously funny" farce follows Broadway star William Gillette, admired worldwide for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, as he must reprise his role in order to solve the mystery of his own attempted murder during holiday festivities with his castmates. The show runs through January 6, 2019 at the Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, Virginia 23069.

Director Debra Clinton returns to the Tavern stage after directing last year's holiday hit, Miracle on South Division Street. Clinton's other recent directing credits for Virginia Rep include 1776, The Whipping Man and the family hit Croaker: The Frog Prince Musical, which she co-wrote with Jason Marks.

For this farcical thriller, Clinton has assembled a talented cast of Richmond favorites. Scott Wichmann leads the cast as Broadway star, William Gillette. Wichmann's most recent Virginia Rep credits include River Ditty, Shakespeare in Love, and The End of War. He was also featured as John Adams in both the FOX television series Legends and Lies: The Patriots and Virginia Rep's 2016 production of 1776. Catherine Shaffner (Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, Charitable Sisterhood), Audra Honaker (Mame) and Donna Marie Miller (Charitable Sisterhood), all featured in last holiday season's Miracle on South Division Street, also join the company. The full cast list is below.

Set Design is by Terrie Powers (Crimes of the Heart, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End), Costume Design is by Sue Griffin (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Crimes of the Heart), and Lighting Design is by BJ Wilkinson (Curious Incident..., West Side Story).

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office (804-282-2620) or online at Full price tickets cost $44, with discounted group rates available.

Direction & Design team includes Direction by Debra Clinton, Lighting Design by BJ Wilkinson, Costume Design by Sue Griffin, Set Design by Terrie Powers, Sound Design by Derek Dumais, Stage Management by Emily Elizabeth James and Hanover Technical Direction by Tommy Hawfield.

The Cast features Scott Wichmann as William Gillette, Catherine Shaffner as Martha Gillette, Joe Pabst as Felix Geisel, Lisa Kotula as Madge Geisel, Caleb Wade as Simon Bright, Meg Carnahan as Aggie Wheeler, Audra Honaker as Inspector Goring and Donna Marie Miller as Daria Chase.

The Performance Schedule includes evening performances at 8:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays and Saturdays and every Sunday.

About Virginia Repertory Theatre

Virginia Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit, regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With a budget of $5.5 million, four unique venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience over 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Rep's Children's Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

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