“Sherlock Holmes” Comes to Peninsula Players Stage

Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, opens Steven Dietz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle. For the first time in the Peninsula Players’ 73 years, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Professor Moriarty – all literary icons – will grace the Players’ stage September 3 through October 19.

Dietz took William Gillette’s four act-play Sherlock Holmes and several of Doyle’s short stories including “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem” and blended them together to create the new stage work. Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure was awarded the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery play.

Dietz’s version, like Gillette’s, has the Victorian superhero duo of Holmes and Watson rescuing a kidnapped damsel in distress, seeking a scandalous photo in Victorian London’s seamy underworld and an inventible battle against the Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty.

Peninsula Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler will don the infamous deerstalker and play the legendary Sherlock Holmes with fellow Players’ veteran James Leaming as Dr. Watson. Cast in the roles of Irene Adler and Professor Moriarty are Karen Janes Woditsch and Bill Bannon. Directing Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure for the Players is Jim Corti.

The Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm with a matinee performance at 4 pm Sunday, October 19. Ticket prices are $32.25 and $29. There are no performances on Mondays. For more information on Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure or to reserve tickets, phone the Players’ box office at 920.868.3287 or visit