Murder at Mount Hope Mansion: Interactive Dinner Theater

The 12th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Mount Hope on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery kicks off on January 31, 2020 and continuing Fridays, Saturdays, select Sundays, and select Weekdays through April 26. Accept this invitation to the interactive culinary "who-done-it," enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal and the opportunity to become the detective, interrogate the suspects, put the clues together and uncover the truth!

Dates & Tickets

Enter Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, a most unique setting for a theatrical interactive dining experience. Meet and mingle with intriguing guests to the Mansion and be sure to take note as they visit guests table side while they dine. After enjoying a four-course meal and tastes of the mystery that is thick in the air, everyone will assemble in the Mansion's Theater Room for a time of interrogation, hilarity and the answer to the question on everyone's mind! Performances run Fridays, Saturdays and Select Sundays, February through April and are each roughly three hours in length. Dates and times listed below subject to change.

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Ticket Information

Please check back for 2020 ticket pricing. Reservations are encouraged, as there are a limited amount of tickets and perfromances sell out quickly. Murder Mystery tickets go on sale during the annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 & 7-8. Tickets can be purchased online at the Virtual Box Office beginning on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Group Reservations

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more through Mount Hope's Group Sales Department. This unique and exciting experience makes the perfect setting for our group outing! Private and/or mid-week performances can be scheduled for larger groups! To reserve your spot or to learn more, please visit


Reservations are encouraged as tickets sell out quickly.

2020 Murder Mystery tickets go on sale beginning during the annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 & 7-8. Ticket pricing to be announced.

2019 Dinner Theater in the Mansion

Enjoy an enchanting four-course banquet within the historic Mount Hope Mansion while you put together the clues and help solve the mystery! Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance start time. Hors d'oeuvres served during this time. Please Note: Regular or Vegetarian meals must be selected at the time of ticket purchase. No substitutions can be made day-of.

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Butlered Hors d'oeuvres

Pigs in a Blanket, Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Cheese, Black Olive Tapenade with Crostini, and Chef's Choice


Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles and Tomatoes with Vinaigrette Dressing • Served with Demi Loaf Bread and Butter


Main Entrée
Pork Filet Wrapped in Bacon with a Port Wine Mushroom Reduction
Served with Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes with Herbs de Provence and Dill Baby Carrots

Vegetarian Entrée
Aubergine, Pepper and Yogurt Stacks with Basil Pesto


Cake Truffles
Carrot, Red Velvet and Lemon Drop

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Soda, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea
Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included in Ticket Price

Alcoholic Beverages

Featured Cocktails: Port Manhattan, Bee's Knees, Giggle Water & Bump Off
Swashbuckler Beer, Mount Hope Wine and Lancaster County Cider Also Available
Alcoholic Beverages Available at the Cash Bar

*Regular OR Vegetarian meal option must be chosen at time of ticket purchase. No substitutions. Menu subject to change without notice.

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2019 Scenario

It is 1927. America finds itself entangled in the throes of Prohibition and looking for escape. For many, the choice is to throw off the shackles of social conformity with reckless abandon. Women are beginning to make their voices heard in politics as well as embracing the freedom of bobbed hair and dresses that hover about the knee.

An impressive bash is being held at the prestigious "Blind Pig" better known to the unsuspecting public as the Mount Hope Museum of Art. Since there is a "Speakeasy" on the premises, you will need to know the secret password and keep this all "hush-hush". We cannot have any stoolies ruining our fun. As a person who "Knows Your Onions", please view the following invitation:

You are cordially invited to the Mount Hope Museum of Art in historic Manheim, Pennsylvania, for a tempting four-course meal followed by an art auction. (Proceeds from the auction benefit Saint Genesius General Hospital and are tax deductible).

Please RSVP early as past revelries have sold-out quickly and this year’s shindig promises to be no exception.

Yours respectfully,
Jasper Donovan Montgomery-Ainsworth
Owner, Curator
Mount Hope Museum of Art

Murder Mystery 2019 Cast

2019 Cast Information

Interact with the talented cast members inside the historic Mount Hope Mansion as you put together the clues and help solve the mystery. Guests will long remember this experience. Cast varies per performance—Click here to view schedule calendar.

Alexis Amarante

Alexis Amarante

Miss Elsie Frances Orville, Nurse

Morgan Harwood

Morgan Harwood

Roxi Brooks, Hollywood "silent" film star

Pete Hedburg

Pete Hedburg

Richard Meredith Ashcroft, Hospital Administrator

Megan Jones

Megan Jones

Violet DeLuca, Mob Boss

Jessi Miller

Jessi Miller

Mother Cecile Stainer, Mother Superior

Adam Shepley

Adam Shepley

Heywood P. Madison, Landscape Painter

Alex Stompoly

Alex Stompoly

Jasper Donovan Montogomery-Ainsworth, Mt. Hope Museum of Art Curator

Doug Wallace

Doug Wallace

Roger Lajoie, Landscape Painter / Rum Runner

Jeff Wolfthal

Jeff Wolfthal

Giuseppe Parlavecchio, Bodyguard for Violet DeLuca

Production Credits

Director: Doug Wallace
Technical Director: Ian Smith
Assistant to the Technical Director: Amanda Scott

House Manager: Jonathan Handley
Stage Manager: Julia Bownman
Head Costumer: Lily Steiner
Stitcher/Wardrober: Kate Lilley

Mansion Decor: Carrie Emich-Wallace
Executive Chef: Scott Bowser
Front of House Manager: Michael Sowards

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.

General Information

The event is located inside Mount Hope Mansion on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545. Murder Mystery runs Fridays, Saturdays and select Sundays, February through early April. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates & Tickets Page.
There is plenty of free parking all around the Mansion within walking distance.
There are two food options available: Classic and Vegetarian. For more information on both food choices, please visit Dining Page.
The Mansion bar will be open for drink purchases during the duration of the performances. Select Swashbuckler Ales, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders, Signature Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar. Specific bar menu options will be available the day of the performance.

Please Note: If you are visibly intoxicated, we reserve the right to no longer serve you alcohol. If you become a disturbance during the performance, we will ask you to leave the Mansion without issuing a refund.
While the ticket price does not include gratuity, any tip left by you to the hosts is at your discretion. Like any restaurant, gratuities are a special way for you to acknowledge service provided to you and should refelct your satisfaction with the service.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our In the Area Page for specific information.
As a courtesy to others, video/audio recording and photography are strictly prohibited during the show. Photos are permitted before introductions.
You may carry your cell phone with you during the performance, but please make sure to turn it off as a courtesy to others. If you need to make or retrieve a call, please excuse yourself to our front porch for the duration of the call.
The dress code is casual to business casual. The storyline changes each year, and guests are welcome to dress in time period appropriate attire, but it is not required.
Animals are not allowed in the Mansion except for service animals while performing their qualifying services.
Children are welcome to attend, but require a ticket due to the limited capacity of the dinner theater experience.
Please be respectful of the actors. We invite our guests to interact with the actors, but be mindful of their personal space and real human feelings. These dedicated professionals work to build interactive, magical environments for our guests and any form of intimidation, threat or harm to an employee or other guests will never be tolerated.

Ticket Information

With your admission ticket, you receive a sumptuous four-course meal and the chance to play the detective in this unique and exciting live dinner theater!
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office or in the Mount Hope Estate Wine Shop. It is advised to buy the tickets in advance, as performances sell out quickly.
All sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations.

Conditions of Ticket Sale

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Event tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. Once a ticket has been scanned at the Front Gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave. The bearer of an event ticket agrees to hold blameless and harmless Mazza Vineyards, Inc. or any of its affiliates, in the event of personal injury or loss or damage to property. The holder of the ticket assumes all responsibilities for any risk of bodily harm or loss of property sustained while attending the event, and waives all rights to lay claim for damages resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the event. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume Alcohol.

Your ID will be verified before being served alcohol. Outside food, drink and pets are not permitted. You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or firearms. You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions of these conditions of ticket sale.
Should it be necessary to reschedule your performance date, a $7.50 per ticket fee will be added to your reservation and must be paid at the time the ticket exchange is made.
It has become necessary to include a per ticket service fee for our event tickets in order to defray the rising costs of taxes and credit card processing. The fee also offsets the costs of consumables, ticket handling, and support. Service Fees are set online - $1.25/ticket, on site or telephone transactions - $2.00/ticket, and Season Passes - $2.50/pass (online, phone or on site).
Performances occur as scheduled. In the event of extreme weather conditions, guests will be notified in advance of any changes.

Mansion Information

Smoking is prohibited in the Mansion. If you need to go out to smoke during the performance, please note that the doors will lock behind you.
Outside food and drink items are NOT permitted in the Mansion with the exception of water.
Yes, all Theater in the Mansion performances are ADA accessible. There is handicapped parking available at the Wine Shop, just follow the directional signs that lead you to that area when you arrive.

Please go to the Wine Shop and inform the staff that you require the handicapped accessible entrance to the rear of the Mansion. You will be directed where to go to enter the building.
Cars are permitted to stay parked in the lot overnight if the driver has been drinking and has found another way home. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
There are restrooms located inside of the Mansion and the Wine Shop. Staff will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Items found during or after the event will be kept in the Wine Shop (717-665-7021 ext 129).

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