Two performances of the free play will be presented during Dover's Comic Con

The Old State House, 25 The Green in Dover, will present "The Empty Glass: Sherlock Holmes Comes to Dover" Saturday Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Historical interpreters Chris Hall, as Sherlock Holmes, and Gavin Malone, as Dr. Watson,  star in the theatrical performance in which the celebrated British detective, having solved every case in Victorian London, embarks on a journey to America. Arriving in Dover, Holmes and Watson attempt to solve the grisly murder case of "The Empty Glass."

Admission to the play is free but visitors are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating.

"The Empty Glass: Sherlock Holmes Comes to Dover" was created by historic-site interpreters from The Old State House in celebration of the Dover Comic Con comic-book festival that will be held at a variety of Dover locations Aug. 18. The play is based on an actual Dover court case and features Sherlock Holmes, the fictional private detective who appeared in four novels and 56 short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published between 1887 and 1927.

The Old State House, completed in 1791, is one of the earliest state-house buildings in the United States, serving as the home of Delaware’s legislature until 1933 when the General Assembly moved to larger quarters in Legislative Hall. The venerable structure now appears as it would have in the late 1700s during the United States' early years as a nation. It features a courtroom, governor's office, county office and chambers for the state Senate and House of Representatives. The building is situated on Dover's historic Green, a public area designated by William Penn in 1683.

The Old State House is administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

For more information, call 302-744-5054.