Just the facts...
What is this?
A very funny, interactive mystery theatre experience performed by Ottawa's best comedic actors. An fun time is had by all regardless of whether or not you're a mystery buff.
Where does Murder Mystery Ottawa perform and when?
Saturday at 8:00pm you can catch our public show experience at the Red Lion Public House, 47 Clarence Street in Ottawa's Byward Market.
In September (2016) we'll open a new show at The Prescott, 379 Preston Street in Ottawa's Little Italy as well.
Since we were founded, February 10, 1992 we've performed hundreds of private shows - from small gatherings in our clients' homes to riverboats, resorts, office boardrooms, backyards, golf clubs, hotels, restaurants, banquet facilities, trains... you name it! Private shows are available at our place or yours, any time of the day, any day of the year.
How much are tickets?
Admission prices vary: clicking here. If the show is a sell out email us at and we'll put you on a waiting list.
What's Popcorn Mystery Theatre?
Just like it sounds, our shows at the Red Lion take place while you enjoy complimentary popcorn. No rubber chicken here! We like to give our guests the choice of where and what to have for dinner - want to eat at home before the show? No problem! Wanna grab a great meal at the Red Lion? Super! You don't have to settle - you get the meal you want and then we give you an unbeatable show for a very resonable price!
What happens at THE CODFATHER, Ottawa's only Popcorn Mystery theatre?
Doors to the Parlour Room open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm when you'll meet the family and quickly find that each one of our funny characters (Ottawa's funniest professional actors and comedians) has a fascinating connection to the plot. Suddenly things take a sharp turn (after a side-splitting "song and dance"), and the character you were just talking to ends up face-down in the bag of popcorn! Good thing not everyone is who they said they were! Our fearless flat-foot quickly rises to the challenge; bags the evidence then rounds up and grills the suspects. With the one-liners flying fast, we narrow-down our list of potential culprits and showgoers fill out a ballot. Our big finish comes right before we give out some prizes. We love working our audience into the show, so tell us about who you're with and watch what happens. In total the show runs just under 2 hours, ending shortly before 10 so you still have time to enjoy the Byward Market nightlife (or get home to the babysitter at a resonable hour).
How far is the show from downtown Ottawa hotels?
We're walking distance from all the downtown hotels. Want to get there fast? Grab spend a few bucks on a cab or Uber. Not an Uber user? Download the app punch in our UBER promo code peterd159 and get your first ride (up to $15 value) for FREE
Is there parking?
Yes, there's parking on the street and a 200-spot City of Ottawa parking lot right across the street.
How is the show rated? Can I bring the kids?
Our shows are written with an adult audience in mind, with double-entendres, gunshots and a murder or two, but no bad language. Minors are welcome. Rated PG
How far in advance should we get our tickets or book our group in for a eve or fun?
We recommend that you do it as early as possible... some dates are more popular than others. Some tickets may be available on the day of the show but some dates sell out well in advance. Click here for tickets. If a show is sold out feel free to email us at to be put on the waiting list.
What's the show room like?
The setting is a funeral parlour, so that's what you'll get... yep, even Eddie's casket is in the corner! It's a wonderful performance space that only seats 80, so you don't have to worry about being lost in a massive dining hall or awkward dance club or restaurant. There's a cash bar within the private room, plently of places to hang your coat and washrooms located right outside the door. With a group? No problem, we can push tables together to suit you.
Is The Parlour Room wheelchair accessible?
Regrettably, no. The Parlour Room is located at the top of a flight of stairs.
Do we have to take part?
Absolutely not! We certainly encourage everyone to get dressed up and get involved but it isn't mandatory. If you want to chase down the suspects and question them, GREAT! If you'd prefer to just sit back and be entertained, SUPER! The comedic nature of our shwos ensures that everyone enjoys themselves!
Do we have to get dressed up?
No. We encourage you to wear your best mobster-wear, but it isn't a must. You can wear whatever you like.
Can we take pictures?
Yes, yes, yes! We'll even give you a chance to get your own Murder Mystery Ottawa MugShot
Does Murder Mystery Ottawa do anything special for birthdays?
Yes, we like to get birthday celebrators involved so when you arrive at the show slip our Stage Manager or one of our characters the name of the person celebrating and we'll do our best to pay them some special attention.
Do you sell individual tickets or do I have to be part of a group?
Come alone, as a couple or with 79 of your closest friends, all welcome!
Can I really get my mugshot at a Murder Mystery Ottawa Show? How much does it cost?
Absolutely! We'll set you up so you can take a selfie, or your whole gang can stand pose in front of it, and it's absolutely free... all part of our show experience.
Do you do private shows at the Prescott or off-site?
Yes, both! The Prescott has a number of dining rooms that can accomodate groups up to 120 people and we can easily add a meal to your private show, if you'd prefer. We can also take our show on the road and entertain your group of 8 - 2000 people at whichever private venue you choose, in Ottawa or anywhere else in the world. Just click on this link for a quote, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-723-8900.
Who is Murder Mystery Ottawa?
We're a company of professional comedic performers who specialize in live interactive Mystery theatre and variety shows. For almost 25 years we've been perfecting our very popular brand of entertainment. Unlike other companies who perform a scripted play around you, our show is an entertainment experience that is only partially scripted. Murder Mystery Ottawa shows always involve willing participants in the audience and focus on a funny, fast-paced plot, not blood and guts - we want to tickle your funnybone, not shock you and splash you with blood. We've entertained well over a hundred thousand people. Our private party and corporate clients love us too and have taken us all over the world, from Dubai to Vancouver, St. John's to St. Maarten, and dozens of other places too... Our proudest moment was problably when we chosen to entertain the Canadian forces in the Persian Gulf in 2003. Murder Mystery Ottawa is a BigTime Murder Production. Find out more at BigTimeMurder.com
Do you do corporate team-building?
Most definitely! We've got a great technique to get your group working together to while having the crime of their life! For more details about our TEAM BUILDING shows click here