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Walking Plays at The Morton Arboretum


  • Actors portraying the Sherlock Scandal walking play
  • Visitors walking on a paved path during a performance

Schedule and location

Plays begin at the Thornhill shelter on the West Side. 

3:00 p.m. on select dates in October

Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and one mile in hiking distance. 


2019 Season:


October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
3:00 p.m. showtime*
REVISED: A new time-period twisted take on the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales! Based on Scandal in Bohemia' The Sherlock Scandal unfolds as a PR scandal arises when it is discovered that Holmes and Watson are not men. While they escape the public eye, they find themselves involved in solving a blackmail scandal with a notorious rock star and his pious fiance. With the help of Inspector Lestrade, they work the mystery and tell the tale of their own interesting past. Please note that this performance is for ages 10+. The performance includes mature content, mild violence and mentions of death. Hike is roughly one mile in distance. 

*Fall weekends are popular days for visitation. Please allow up to 45 minutes to park and get to where the hike commences (Thornhill Shelter, Parking Lot 21).



If you require additional accommodations, please contact specialevents@mortonarb.org at least two weeks prior to the program date and the Special Events team will do their best to try and accommodate your needs. 

Fees and admission

Individual ticket pricing:

Member: Adult $15 / Child $10 
Nonmember: Adult $20 / Child $15 

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours


Registration information

All Walking Plays are written by Lara Filip and performed by members of the ArranmoreArts Professional Ensemble.

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