Sherlock Holmes & Case of the Christmas Carol
November 15, 2011 - December 24, 2011
By John Longenbaugh
Directed By Jon Kretzu

This play runs approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes with one intermission.   

Will Sherlock Holmes crack his own case? 

Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh.  After failed attempts by Dr. Watson to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season, the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his life – past, present and future. The play premiered at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle and this is its second production nationally.


Holmes  Michael Mendelson*^
Watson  Todd Van Voris*^+
Mrs. Hudson   Vana O'Brien *^+ 
Becky Amy Newman+
Moriarty Tobias Andersen*+
Young Holmes  Matthew Kerrigan+
Lestrade Nathan Crosby+
Old Garrison Gary Powell+








Set Designer  Jeff Seats
Lighting Designer  Jeff Forbes
Sound Designer Rodolfo Ortega
Costume Designer Jessica Bobillot
Props Designer Kate Mura
Stage Manager Tozzi McDowell* 
Production Assistants    Olivia Murphy, Lauren  Mitchell





Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
^ Member Artists Rep Resident Actor Company
+ Performer plays multiple roles


Director Jon Kretzu joined Dmae Roberts on KBOO"s STage & Studio. Click here to hear the interview.

Click here to see the beautifully rendered costume designs by Jessica Bobillot. 

KGW's Joe Smith stopped by Opening Night to talk to playwright John Longenbaugh. Click here to check it out!

The photos are in! Click here to see Owen Carey's photos of the production.

The Game Is Afoot! Test your gift for minutae at our Sherlock Holmes Pub Trivia Night after the performance on Saturday, Dec. 3. Click here for more information. 

SYNOPSIS: How would Sherlock Holmes fare after a Christmas Eve of supernatural visitors and profound reflection? For a man whose existence depends on acute observation of life and patterns, a man already conscious and accepting of his “mistakes” in life, Holmes has a lot to amend. We meet our storied detective after years of hiding, wherein all thought him to be dead after acting as executioner to one merciless criminal, “the Napoleon of Crime.” This is a Holmes in deep solitude, characteristically headstrong, and hostile to attempts from the outside to bring him back into the glory of his former life as star detective.  Watson does his best to orchestrate his dear friend’s return to himself, but it isn’t until a trio of ghosts make their timely appearance that Holmes lets the holiday cheer creep into his hardened heart.

PRODUCTION HISTORY:  Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol made its world premiere at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre Company in the winter of 2010. The production was directed by Scott Nolte received rave reviews and played to sold-out houses.

PLAYWRIGHT:  John Longenbaugh has been writing and directing plays in Seattle and elsewhere for more than 20 years. A graduate of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, he’s been the Artistic Director of Seattle’s Ursa Major Theatre and Theatre Babylon, and has written nearly a dozen full-length plays and a lot of shorter ones. Favorites include Scotch and Donuts, Little White Pill, The Man Who Was Thursday, How to be Cool, and the collected evening of shorts Arcana. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, a board member of Seattle Playwrights Alliance, and an active member of The Sound of the Baskervilles, a scion organization of the Baker Street Irregulars. He is proud to have been nominated for a 2011 Gregory Award as a playwright, 

Dates: November 15 - December 24
Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm
Opening Night is Friday, November 18 
Wednesday matinee @ 11:00am on December 7
There will be a 7:30pm performance on Tuesday, November 22
There will be NO performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24
There will be a 2:00pm performance on December 24. 

U.S. Bancorp Foundation's First Preview Pay What You Can 
Thanks to the generous support of U.S. Bancorp, Artists Rep now offers a PWYC night for the first preview performance, on Tuesdays, for every play. No reservations, at the door only.


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Kay & Roy Abramowitz
Mary Tooze
Lynn and Jack Loacker


City Center Parking

Maletis Beverages  


The Reviews...

"...exquisitely acted characters, witty writing, a lush Victorian aesthetic..." says Anne Adams, Culturephile for Portland Monthly .

"Like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of literary treats." - Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

"...a good choice for those who prefer their holiday entertainment strike a balance between the sugar-plum cheery sentiment that often characterizes Christmas fare and a work such as The Santaland Diaries, a bitter (though very funny) picture of the life of a department store elf," says Carol Wells for The Oregonian. Read the full review here.

Artists Rep, looking for the right blend of tradition and novelty, has turned to Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh and his Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, a theatrical mash-up of popular Victoriana," says Bob Hicks in The Oregonian. Read the full preview article here.

“… it's smart, witty and fun, and has the makings of an annual event — the sort of family holiday diversion that many regional theaters, overdosed on seasons-past repeats of Christmas Carol, Tuna Christmas, et al., have on their wish lists.”
- Misha Berson, Seattle Times

“It’s the best of Dickens and Doyle. … You won’t want to miss this cheery, insightful and hilarious journey with some of literatures best.”
- Meredith Pechta,

“it’s amazing no one’s thought of this before. …ingenious”
– Tom Tangney,
KIRO Radio

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