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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 recent reviews!

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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

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I checked out one of Murder Cafe's Mystery Weekends at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey and it was so much fun. If you're interested in solving a murder and having a nice relaxing weekend away, check out the next Murder Cafe Mystery Weekend.

- Time Out, New York, New York

April, 2024

June Show Calendar

June 7th at 7:00 pm

Restaurant Six at Curry Estate, Hopewell Junction

Mystery at the Starlight Ballroom

Three course dinner! Cash bar! Show! Prizes!



June 8th at 6:00 pm

CPW, 25 Dedrick Street, Kingston

Mystery in Mid-town

A fundraiser for My Kingston Kids!

Cocktail Hour! Buffet Dinner! Show! Prizes!



June 14th at 7:00 pm

The Eldred Preserve, Eldred, New York

Murder at the Mic

Three course dinner! Cash bar! Show! Prizes!



June 19th at 7:00 pm

The Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck New York

Mystery at the Starlight Ballroom

Three course dinner! Cash bar! Show! Prizes!


June 21st at 6:00 pm

The Bevier House, Stone Ridge, NY

A fundraiser for the Ulster County Historical Society

Mystery at the Starlight Ballroom

Appetizers! Desserts! Winer! Show! Prizes!



June 29th at 7:00 pm

Hudson House Distillery, West Park, NY

Mystery at the Starlight Ballroom

Three course dinner! Cash bar! Show! Prizes!


For tickets, details and a complete list of our 2024 public shows, click here!

Mystery Weekends 2024

Murder Cafe has expanded its mystery weekend activities!

Each venue of these venues offers an original Murder Cafe production in four parts between Friday night and Sunday morning. Accommodations and meals are provided as part of the experience.

Congress Hall

Cape May, NJ

November 1-3, 2024

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


Mountain House

February 28-March 2, 2025

An original murder mystery to be announced this Fall!

The Hampton Maid

Hampton Bays, NY

October 25-27, 2024

A Halloween mystery set in this luxurious seaside resort.

The Pridwin

Shelter Island, NY

October 25-27, 2024

Mystery at the Inn

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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

Buttermilk Falls Inn

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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