Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents
Victorian Theatre

Located in the historic Tulpehocken Station District of Philadelphia, visit Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion to experience authentic Victorian Theatre while surrounded by ornate interiors representative of life in Victorian Philadelphia. Featuring the works of renowned authors such as Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Louisa May Alcott. After performances, retire to the dining room or restored kitchen for refreshments. This is a unique live theatre experience you won’t want to miss!

Scroll down to view images from past shows and look right to view a list of our upcoming shows.

Josh Hitchens as Sherlock Holmes and Jason Graboski as Dr. Watson. Photo by Burton Skarloff


Live theatre in Philadelphia | Murder in the Animal Kingdon | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Cast Murder Mystery 2009, Murder in the Animal Kingdom


Live theatre in Philadelphia | Angie Fennell in Good to the Last Ghost at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Angie Fennell as Madame Raven in the 2010 Murder Mystery, Good to the Last Ghost.




“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

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 grew up in Delaware and moved to the Philadelphia area seven years ago. He holds a BFA in acting from Arcadia University, is a company member of Curio Theater Company and Co-Artistic Director of the Magic Circle Theater Company. By day he works as a tour guide at Eastern Penitentiary, and by night is a storyteller for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia.

Jay Efran
Technical Director

Jay Efran has designed lighting and special effects for community theatres such as the Hartack Players, Tower Singers, and Savoy Dramatic Company in New York, the Durham Theatre Guild in North Carolina, and—more locally—the Narberth and Moorestown Community Theatres. A member of the Society of American Magicians, he has performed regularly for groups in Boston, Columbus, Indianapolis, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Washington, and the Poconos.



:: Holiday 2012
An Evening with Charles Dickens
December 8, 2012

Visit the Mansion on December 8 to learn about Charles Dickens from Ed Pettit, Philadelphia’s Dickens Ambassador followed by a one man performance of Dickens A Christmas Carol by Philadelphia actor Josh Hitchens.

Click here to purchase tickets for An Evening with Charles Dickens or call 215-438-1861. Visa & MasterCard accepted

:: Drama 2013
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of the Speckled Band
April 19, 20, 21

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and Mutter Museum present the second in a series featuring master detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson: The Adventure of the Speckled Band. Watch them solve the puzzling murder of Dr. Grimesby Roylott committed inside a locked bedroom at Stoke Moran. On display in Mr. Maxwell’s Library – items related to this mystery compliments of the Mutter Museum. Featuring Josh Hitchens as Sherlock Holmes and Jason Graboski as Dr. Watson. Click here to purchase your tickets online or call 215-438-1861. Visa & MasterCard accepted

:: Drama 2013
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
August 16, 17 & 18, 2013

The world premiere of A Doll’s House was on December 21, 1879 at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. The play criticises the traditional roles of men and women in 19th-century marriage. The play, performed in the Mansion’s parlor, will present a glimpse into life of a Victorian family. Adapted & directed by Josh Hitchens

:: Murder Mystery 2013
Dickensian Murder
October 26, 27 & Nov. 2, 3

Oliver Twist has been murdered and Charles Dickens must enlist the aid of his characters to find the culprit. Join us in a mad pursuit through the pages of Dickens to solve this very Dickensian mystery.Philadelphia favorite, Josh Hitchens, will portray Charles Dickens in this mystery.Written by Ed Pettit and directred by Jay Efran.