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The duck of the baskervilles – punful whodunit Sherlock Holmes play

whodunit sherlock holmes play


Sir Oswald Baskerville has died in Mysterious Circumstances (a small village near his home). The doctor called in to pronounce him dead discovers a giant duck’s footprint on Sir Oswald’s chest and suspects fowl play. The heir to Sir Oswald’s estate may be in danger. The police are baffled. Shylock Casa, the famous insulting detective, and Watsonia, his assistant, are called in and they quickly solve the mystery and unmask the murderer in this whodunit Sherlock Holmes play. A Quacking good case!!

If you, like me share a love of terrible puns, this is the play for you.

Watch a Zoom Production of The Duck of the Baskervilles during the 2020 Pandemic by the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis


Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, MD, USA – 2020


Read other plays by playwright Tom Considine – The Three unwise men – a nativity spoof with a difference!

Author: Tom Considine

Type: One act crime play or spoof

Genre: Whodunit Sherlock Holmes play, comedy

Cast: 4M, 3F, 1N

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: The whole family to watch and teens upward to perform.

Length: 15 minutes

Set: A lounge with a sofa and chairs and a small coffee table in front of the sofa at stage centre. A writing desk and chair against the wall on stage left centre. A door, stage right centre.  Many pictures, mainly family portraits. 

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – delivery of the lines and characterization

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Copyright © February 2018 Tom Considine and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other crime spoofs and short comedy crime scripts:

Ralph – a film noir cum Monty Python whodunit
Who you me someone bloody did it!!
Murder in the asylum – a theatre of the absurd script

The three unwise men – Spoof on Nativity plays: The REAL bureaucratic story

spoof on nativity plays


Once upon a time, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem. And everyone was very, very late for it.

Mary and Joseph were late, because they got held up in traffic; but actually, they had left late because Mary had nothing to wear. The wise men were late because they were arrested for having an expired camel license. (Luckily they escaped and made their way to the stable) The shepherds were late because someone forgot to turn on the star above the stable. The Angel Gabriel, however, was early. Being divine, he doesn’t suffer from the side effects of bureaucracy.

This is a spoof on the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Guaranteed to annoy everyone including Australians and Englishmen, Jewish people, Muslims, Christians and, in particular, Catholics, Zoroastrians, Hindus and Confucians. It should not annoy Shintos or Buddhists. It will also annoy trade unions, civil servants, policemen, customs officers and shepherds.

For everyone who enjoys the ”Carry On” films and ”The History of the World,” this play smacks of them.


Fremen College, Hertfordshire, UK – 2017


Author: Tom Considine

Type: Two act very short play. Can be played as one act for festivals.

Genre: Spoof on Nativity Plays, offensive funny plays

Cast: Cast of 18. 2F, 13M, 3N

Ages of the actors: All adult

Suitable for: Adults

Length: Thirty minutes

Set: The desert, the customs office and the stable.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – quickness in delivery and a deadpan expression.

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Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The three unwise men Nativity Play

Copyright © November 2016 Tom Considine and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Christmassy type plays for your to enjoy:

The Rocking Horse Christmas – movie scripts
A contemporary Christmas Carol – modern day Scrooge!
Santa’s holiday – South African Christmas Play