Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents
Victorian Theatre

Located in the historic Tulpehocken Station District of Philadelphia, visitors to the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s Victorian Theatre Company is committed to staging plays that interpret the era between 1837 and 1901 for a contemporary audience while being surrounded by the ornate interiors of the city’s only authentically restored Victorian house museum.

Scroll to view images from past shows, a list of upcoming shows, recent testimonials, and a brief bio of the creators.

cast 5Cast for A Doll’s House – August 2013

SH Cast 2014Sherlock Holmes Cast for A Scandal in Bohemia – April 2014

CAST22Murder Mystery Cast for Twisted: A Dickensian Murder – October 2013

The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the only Victorian house museum in Philadelphia. Enjoy live Victorian Theatre events, or come tour the 17-room Victorian mansion and gardens for a unique glimpse into our past.


Josh Hitchens
Creative Director

Josh Hitchens founded the Victorian Theatre program at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in 2010. He works in Philadelphia as a director, actor, and playwright. Josh is also a resident director for BrainSpunk Theater and has been a storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for eight years. joshhitchens.weebly.com

Jay Efran
Technical Director

Jay Efran, a member of the Society of American Magicians, has provided special effects and technical advise for the Mansion’s productions. His theatrical creations have earned awards from the Philadelphia City Council and the Mt. Airy Neighborhood Alliance. Locally, he has designed special effects for the Narberth Community Theatre and the Moorestown Theatre Company.


Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear – Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 — Adapted by Josh Hitchens, Directed by Jay Efran

In this fourth annual Sherlock Holmes mystery at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, the master detective and his partner Dr. Watson investigate a puzzling murder in an isolated manor. Watch Holmes question all the suspects and solve the crime, and prepare to match wits with his most famous nemesis – Professor Moriarty.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 215-438-1861 for more information. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Reservations are required.

Murder Mystery 2015: The Case of the Cursed Doll -  Dates and details soon.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 215-438-1861 for more information. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Reservations are required.

An Evening with Charles Dickens – Saturday, December 12, 2015 — One of the Mansion’s most beloved events return with Josh Hitchens as Charles Dickens! More information to come soon.


“Fantastic show Saturday night! We look forward to more productions. Please pass along my feedback to the cast.” Chuck Gallagher

“The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the place to go for theater. It doesn’t get much better than watching a Victorian era production in the intimacy of this Victorian Mansion’s thirty five seat theater. I always feel like I am experiencing the drama with the actors who are so close I could touch them. These productions have a whole different feel than a run of the mill theater. Count me in for the next show.” Lee Besse

“Seeing Josh Hitchens perform Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is a total immersion experience – a Victorian author in an intimate and authentic Victorian setting – as well as a marvelous holiday tradition. Hitchens’ one-man show is brilliant. The audience is easily convinced that the actor has transformed himself into a young Charles Dickens, who then effortlessly takes on the persona of one character after another in a timeless tale that’s universally appealing to all ages. A simply wonderful evening!” Cordelia Frances Biddle