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Murder Mystery
Dinner Shows
Since 1998 public shows, mystery weekends, private and company parties and fundraisers.

For 26 years we've been killing audiences one laugh at a time with mystery, comedy and music.

Murder Cafe is a traveling entertainment company based in the Hudson Valley area of New York State.

Our venues include restaurants, resorts and hotels, community rooms, theaters, casinos, country clubs and cruise boats in the region: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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A note from Frank...

When I entered the world of murder mystery dinner theater, as an actor, 27 years ago, I never thought I would be writing this. Murder Cafe exceeded all expectations and broke all previous records in 2023. In our 25th year in operation we delivered 51 performances at 24 different venues. In addition to 48 "one nighters", Murder Cafe produced mystery weekends at three major resorts. I'm thrilled to report 2024 also looks extremely promising; my new calendar has already had quite a workout. Congratulations to Murder Cafe's cast and crew for our unparalleled success in 2023 and for the ongoing support of our venues and audiences. As we enter the holiday season I remain very thankful.

- Frank Marquette, Owner-Operator

PS: We are now booking 2025!

"Just spent the weekend at Congress Hall in Cape May seeing your fabulous show! It exceeded our expectations! Wonderful performance by all the actors, we loved it!. "

Janice Tardi

Cape May, New Jersey

"It is a joy to see your amazing creativity come to life and I’ve hear nothing but great things from the guests about their experience."

Brian Silver,

Mohonk Mountain House

"What a great weekend, feedback from our guests was extremely positive. Murder at the Speakeasy was awesome, we'll see you again soon!"

Nicholas DiMeglio,

The Pridwin, Shelter Island

"Frank Marquette and his team of actors have no equal. For the past 7 years their professionalism and talent sell our shows time and time again.

Brittani Thompson,

Historic Hotel Broadalbin

Read a recent review!

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The cast of MYSTERY AT  THE INN, a Beekman Arms and Murder Cafe weekend, February 23-25, 2024

The show was absolutely fantastic. Thank you. From the very start we felt like we were part of the event. Our table was great. We met people from Hyde Park. Virginia, South Jersey. We were so impressed with the quality and the professionalism of the cast. All of them were amazing. We even got to dance the Waltz. So much fun. It's been a while since I danced it. It was a wonderful weekend. Breakfast and dinners each day so good. The Beekman Arms was beautiful. The rooms were very nice. We came from New Jersey. Murder Cafe cast, we will definitely be back. Frank thank you so much for everything you do with the show. You also interact well with the audience. You really care about the people in the audience. It was a truly wonderful event. You bring a lot of joy to the audience. Very interactive. Thank you once more for everything!

- Joseph Bionci, Clifton, New Jersey

February 26, 2024

Coming in April and May!



Olive Free Library, West Shokan, NY



Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, NY



FRIDAY, APRIL 19th at 7:00 PM

Restaurant Six at Curry Estate, Hopewell Junction, NY


FRIDAY, MAY 3rd AT 7:00 PM

Hudson House Distillery, West Park, NY


THURSDAY, MAY 9th at 7:00 PM

The Venue at the Best Western, Kingston, NY



May 17-19, 2024

The Pridwin, Shelter Island, New York


For tickets, details and a complete list of our 2024 coming attractions, click here!

Mystery Weekends 2024

Murder Cafe is expanding its mystery weekend activities beginning in February 2024. 

Each venue is presenting an original Murder Cafe production in four parts between Friday night and Sunday morning. Accommodations and meals are provided in all cases. 


Mountain House

March 1-3, 2024

Talked to Death

For tickets, click here:

Congress Hall

Cape May, NJ

November 1-3, 2024

A Halloween mystery set in America's oldest seaside resort.

The Pridwin

Shelter Island, NY

May 17-19, 2024

Mystery at the Inn

For tickets, click here:

Hampton Maid

Hampton Bays, NY

October 25-27, 2024

A Halloween themed murder mystery to be announced soon!

For tickets, call: 

(631) 728-4166

What our happy audiences members are saying...

"I attended tonight's Murder Cafe performance and we had a great time! It was so much fun and the actors and actresses' performances were very good and their punch lines were funny too. The story line, the performers and audience interaction, all the clues (Even though I guessed wrong!), the Venue, food and service was all so good. I'm so glad we went. And to boot, we sat with a former coworker that I didn't know would be there and another nice, friendly family. Great time all around. The owner Frank Marquette, is an excellent talented actor, extremely friendly, genuine, honorable and respectful man! If you have a chance, go to his performances. I'm looking forward to going to their Christmas Carol performance."

- RM Henry, Kingston, New York

"First I want to thank you for such a wonderfully fun evening. We weren't sure what to expect considering it was our first in-person event in over 15 months. I can't tell you how much fun the members had. Your troupe was so professional and funny and nice. Wanted to send a big THANK YOU to you all for making the event so much fun and memorable."

-Angela Gervino, CEO, Consult Gervino HR

to the world of interactive theater.


Since 1998, Murder Cafe has been delighting audiences with our professional repertory company. Our team of talented performers brings live theater directly to you, delivering an extraordinary mix of skills and talents that are sure to impress. We specialize in original scripts, period costumes, and one-of-a-kind production design that will transport you to another time and place. With our expert marketing and publicity skills, we ensure the success of each event, whether it's a public or private show, scheduled year-round in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. You can find us performing at fundraising events, company parties, country clubs, and even casinos. Don't miss your chance to experience the thrill of live theater with Murder Cafe.

Our affiliated partners include...

Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, New York

The Beekman Arms

Rhinebeck, New York

Congress Hall

Historic Hotel Broadalbin

The Pridwin Resort

Shelter Island, New York

Hudson House Distillery

West Park, New York

Best Western

The Venue Uptown, Kingston, NY

Edgewood Mansion

Kingston, New York

Curry Estate

Hopewell Junction, New York

The Meadowbrook

New Windsor, New York

The Eldred Preserve

Eldred, New York

Diamond Mills

Saugerties, New York

Vineyard Commons

Highland New York

Howland Cultural Center

Bannerman Island

Dutchess County, New York

Bethel Woods Center

Sullivan County, New York

Widow Jane Mine

Rosendale, New York

HV Renegades

Fishkill, New York

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