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Answers to your Questions!


Below is a short list of the most common question asked.  If you have more question please give us a call at 609-377-9125 or visit our contact us page.


General Questions about shows and booking


What areas does your company travel too?


We are dedicated to delivering top-notch theatrical experiences, no matter the distance. Our transparent travel fee policy is designed to cover the expenses of fuel, tolls, and to adequately compensate our actors and actresses for their time. We are based out of Southern New Jersey and generally perform shows in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland-- and sometime much further.  For a graphical representation of our service area, and more detailed travel fees, check out our touring theater range and contact us for more information.


How much is it to book a show for my event?


Whether your need a dinner theater, murder mystery show or full-fledged main stage production, Riddlesbrood has the most competitive prices in the region!  We break our prices into three tiers so you can get the best entertainment for your needs.  For all our pricing information, refer to your prices page.  If you’re a larger venue such as a 600+ presenting house you may want to look at our main stage page.


How do I cancel my event and get my deposit?


If you are a group leader, event coordinator, or a presenting location and would like to cancel a previously booked show, you can cancel it under certain circumstances.  If it is 45 days before the event, you may cancel the booking and all deposit monies will be returned by mail.  If less than 45 days, then you may cancel the event, deposit monies are nonrefundable, but can be used to towards a future booking. If it is less than 1 week, deposits are not refundable and cannot be applied to a future booking. Please see your contract for exact provisions as your agreement may be different than the general policy.  For more information contact your sales rep directly.


Is the material in your show appropriate for children?


All our shows are 'Dysfunctional Family Friendly', which means they are a bit weird, but OK for most folks. We have had thousands of families attend our shows, and with great results. We never use ‘blue’ language in any of our productions. While there are double-meaning jokes and adult wordplay, none of the material is any more suggestive than family-hour TV. We are confident that you and your family will have a wonderful time! We always ask that our guests, in keeping with good theater etiquette, remove loud and unruly children from the room for the benefit of the other paying customers.

Actors doing our Sherlock Holmes Show

Is the dinner/lunch served before, during, or after the show?


This depends on the presenting location and/or venue. Generally speaking, our shows are incorporated during or in-between the dining experience. On occasion there will be a 10-20 minute intermission approximately half way through the performance.  If your booking us for a private event, then YOU decide which format works best for you.


How long is the show?


Our shows run approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes if there is a particularly raucous audience! Overall, your entire dining experience usually lasts 2.5 hours. (With all of the fun, you will wish it was longer!) For a private event, you may elect to insert an intermission or multiple breaks into the show to facilitate a fundraising opportunity such as a 50/50 or something like that!


Do you have special group rates?


Yes! We have arrangements with several different banquet facilities, including locations in Peddlers Village PA,. Historic Smithville, NJ and other destinations. If you have a bus group and want more information contact our Group Sales Manager by visiting our group sales page!


Can you give me some pointers on how to organize my private event or fundraiser?


Yes!  We will go through all of the details with you and provide recommendations.  Some of our suggestions you may already be aware of and some may be new to you. You may download our “Event Recommendations” pamphlet.  Take what you like, discard what you find irrelevant, but we hope that this information will be a helpful resource for you. Alternatively, if you’re working with a banquet manager, event coordinator or similar person at the venue, please give us their contact information and we can go over these details with them on your behalf.  Also make sure to visit our Blog for more tips!

Questions about coming to a public event

How much do tickets cost?


Prices for tickets and/or reservations vary for each presenter. Prices for booking a murder mystery or show for your own event can be found by checking our Theatre Prices page. If you’re interested in coming to a general admission show, prices tend to fall within the average range for dinner theatre within the Delaware valley area. (About $35 to $75 per person, including the meal). To see a complete list of the shows, locations, and prices, visit the show calendar on this website.


What’s the difference between tickets and reservations?


Generally speaking, for dinner theater we refer to customers making a ‘Reservation’ similar to how they would at a high-end restaurant instead of a ticket.  For more traditional theatrical venues and performances where food is not present, we call it a ‘ticket’. 


Can I use my credit card for reservations or tickets?


This depends on the presenting location and/or venue. Generally speaking, yes, however we recommend asking the location the event is being held at. Simply click here to see a list of our current shows and locations.  There will be a symbol allowing you to know if credit cards are accepted at the presenter in question.


Can I take pictures of the show?


Unlike other theatres, we know that taking pictures is part of making great memories. So we do not mind our guests taking pictures during the show. However, we ask that you keep the flashes to a minimum so that other guests are not adversely affected. We do not allow the use of camcorders and other video recording devices for intellectual property reasons.  After the show, the actors are more than happy to pose with you and your families for those all-important Facebook photos!


What time should I arrive for the event?


The time that is listed on your reservation is the "seating time" or when you are expected to arrive.  Doors usually open no more than 20 minutes before so don’t get there too early, especially in inclement weather. Most of the presenters hosting our shows will have a place for guests to wait before they are seated such as a bar or lounge area, but this is not always the case. We recommend arriving no earlier than 20 minutes before show time. To see a complete list of the shows, locations, and seating policies, visit the dinner shows on our calendar page or contact the venue directly.

Can I bring outside food or beverages?


This is never allowed for any dinner theater events as the restaurant or banquet facility is counting on selling their own food.  Some outdoor public performances may allow this.


Are the locations accessible for the disabled?


Contact the specific location for more information about accessibility. We recommend that you contact the venue directly before making your reservations.


Can I get alcoholic beverages?


Many of our presenting locations serve alcohol and some of them might also allow BYOB.  To see a complete list of the locations and whether spirits are available, visit the show calendar on this website.


Do you allow smoking?


This depends on the presenting location, but generally speaking smoking is not allowed in NJ establishments. To see a complete list of the shows, locations, and exact prices, visit the theater calendar on this website.


Is there a dress code?


As a general rule, Riddlesbrood presenting locations do not impose any dress codes on our patrons.  However some presenters may turn away guests at their discretion if they feel their attire in not appropriate.  Shirt and Shoes are highly recommended!  For all events, clothing should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The rooms are generally air conditioned during the summer months, so bring a warm outer garment just in case!

Actors questions in 1920's
2nd Riddlesbrood show from 2001

Can we reserve the dinner show for our own private party (office party, Christmas Party, birthday party, fundraiser, family reunion, etc)?


Yes. Private events are about 80% of what we do.  We have many different types of entertainment products and services to suit your needs and will work closely with you to plan and make your event a success! Whether you want a Murder Mystery, Game Show, walk around characters, balloon animal makers, puppet shows or stilt walkers, Riddlesbrood can do it! 


What types of foods are served?


This depends on the presenting location as the client is in charge of the food. Most of the presenters give us a sample menu, which is posted on our event calendar.  To see a complete list of the shows, locations, menus and other information about a particular venue, visit our theater calendar.


When and where are your shows?


As we are a touring theatre company, we perform our shows at various locations throughout the Delaware Valley area, and our times and dates may vary. To see a complete listing of all our playing venues and show times; visit the online calendar on this website. Note that some of the shows that we do are private parties and are not open to the public.  If you’re interested in Riddlesbrood for your next private party, click on our private party’s page.


What shows are playing?


Riddlesbrood is a repertory theater and is ready to perform multiple shows at any given time. Our shows are original comedies and are designed to appeal to a wide audience with various themes that you can choose from.  We also have several other entertainment products that we offer such as children’s shows, visits from Santa, Game Shows and interactive private parties!  For a list of our entertainment products, click on our entertainment services page.  To see what show is playing right now, click on our show schedule.


Is this a dinner show?


Generally speaking, yes. As we are performing our shows at different locations ranging from hotels, restaurants, and banquet facilities, we typically operate in a "dinner theatre" fashion where the audience enjoys a sit-down or buffet meal prior or during the show. To check out which shows incorporate sit-down dining, visit the show calendar on this website and contact the restaurant.

What do general admission ticket prices include?


Prices, menus, seating arrangements, and other aspects of the dining experience are all determined by the location where the show is being performed. However, the shows are basically the same regardless of the location with some variations to accommodate different room sizes and the particular needs of the venue. Individual ticket prices generally do not include gratuities or taxes. We recommend contacting the presenting location directly by using our show calendar. When you click on the event you are interested in, you can call the phone number for the restaurant for more info.


Do you require advance reservations?


It is highly recommended that you make reservations with the presenting location early. Your table is assigned when you make your reservation, so guests who make their reservations early get the best tables in the house. We recommend that you make your reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Evening shows may sell out, so make sure you make your reservations as early as possible, especially during the busy holiday season. When you see the dinner show dates on the calendar, you will see the information about the location as well as the number to call to make reservations.


I have a discount coupon for (X) dollars off. Do I need a separate coupon for each ticket I purchase?


Coupons are not accepted at all locations, so make sure the coupon you have is for the right location. Riddlesbrood coupons (Those issued by the Theatre Company itself) are generally accepted by all locations. Be sure to mention that you have a coupon when making reservations to avoid any issues later on.


I have two different discount coupons. Can I use both coupons and get an even bigger discount?


Sorry, no. Only one coupon or discount offer will be honored at a time. If both coupons are from the same location, you might want to call them directly to get this information.  Coupons are generally not accepted with gift certificates.


Miscellaneous Questions

Do you folks audition for your shows?


Certainly!  We do several auditions per year as well as individual auditions for actors as needed.  Generally, we will bring in new actors for the tour for a shadow, where they can come and see and show and meet the gang! These are for both our main stage productions as well as the dinner theater tour.  Check out our Auditions page for more info!


Do you have any video that I can look at so I can get an idea of how your shows look?


Yes! We love to see ourselves acting silly!  We have many different videos on our Videos Page.


Do you offer any acting classes?


We occasionally do. For more information take a look at our Kids Acting Page.


What does that strange symbol mean?


For more info click on our Harken logo page.


Who exactly is Clyde?


Now that is quite a long story!  Visit our Founder page.


Is it true that there is a book about Riddlesbrood?


Why yes there is!  However we must warn you that it is not is very expensive and generally requires armed guards to stand sentry at our company vault to protect these literary treasures....However you might just get one if you solve one of our murder mystery shows!!! Check out our Greatest Brochure.


I heard that you have a great theme-song!


Why yes we do.  Check out Jason Bechtold


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