Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion presents
Victorian Theatre

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

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 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.


A Shakespeare Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Saturday, August 23 – Visit the Mansion’s enchanting gardens for a dramatic reading of one of Shakespeare’s most comedic and entertaining plays.

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

Murder Mystery: Diary of a Murder - Saturday, October 18 and 25 AND Sunday, October 19 and 26 – It’s October of the turn of the nineteenth century and the Weygandt family is preparing for a wedding, but in the middle of the night, one of the maids is murdered and the house’s scandalous secrets are exposed. Search the rooms, discover the clues, and solve the crime!

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 13 – 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