If you ever want a change of pace for your next corporate event, try a dinner theater. Many famous actors have played the dinner theater circuit both before and after they were famous. Some even owned their own dinner theaters.
Dinner theaters have a variety of formats. Some dinner theaters have their own event venues. Other dinner theater troupes travel to resorts and corporate event venues. Sometimes, the actors double as servers and create elaborate story-lines. Other dinner theaters have story-lines that are partly scripted and part improvisation. The ones that involve the audience are particularly enjoyable. Tony and Tina's wedding that was in Toronto for years, used that formula and involved the audience in a story line for a wedding ceremony and reception.
Some improvisation companies (like Second City) have shows that include dinner. You can also enjoy shows with dinner at some comedy clubs (e.g. The Laugh Resort). For a special twist, dinner theaters that have story-lines revolving around murder mysteries provide hours of fun. You'll also want to try live action shows with animals and special effects like Her Majesty Feast in Toronto. It's unfortunate that Jumana: Secrets of the Desert in Dubai is no longer open.
Where to Find Dinner Theaters
- Kona Murder Mystery Theater
Houston (Fort Sam)
- Harlequin Dinner Theatre
Shows Take Place in Las Vegas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
- Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre
I've attended Halifax's longest-running dinner theater. The show was hilarious!
- Mysteriously Yours
They have their own venue (at the location of the old Limelight Dinner Theatre). They play some Wednesday matinees at the Old Mill some Wednesdays. Their troupe also travels to corporate and special event venues.
- Stage West All-Suite Hotel & Theatre Restaurant
- Second City
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Live action in an amphitheater setting with horses, jousting and more.
Enjoy an evening of fun with the "stars of tomorrow" and the "stars of yesteryear."