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Unbeatable World Class

Since 2010, Dickens Parlour Theater has been making magic on the shores of Delaware and Maryland. We are excited to invite you to reserve dinner and a show our world-class venue in Ocean View, Delaware. The new Dickens Parlour Theatre has been delighting audiences with all types of entertainment: including their world class magicians as well as a variety of musical performances and theatrical shows. Our expanded seating provides more flexibility for larger creative acts and we also offer brunch and dinner before performances.


Join Dickens
Select Member Club

Join Dickens Parlour Theatre Select Member Club and be the first to receive early notifications for upcoming shows and events, allowing members to reserve their special seat selection prior to the release of ticket sales to the general public. Select Club Members will receive a personal coded membership card that includes a $5.00 discount on the ticket price of any regularly schedule performance. In addition, club members will receive six free tickets to regularly scheduled shows. Our members will be invited to attend a special appreciation show and reception. 



Donate a Brick & Give Back to
Your Community

Buy a commemorative brick to help the Dickens Parlour Theatre thrive and provide the joy of entertainment to tourists and locals in Bethany Beach and help support the arts across Delmarva. Be part of the our magical community by having your name etched in brick on our new walkway or celebrate someone in your life or donate in memory of a loved one. By sponsoring a brick, you will be helping to support Dickens Parlour Theatre, while we provide world class entertainment all year round at the beach.



Rich & Sue Bloch

Founders of the Dickens Parlour Theatre

Rich Bloch

Rich Bloch

Magician, Actor, Attorney,
Father & Grandfather
Sue Bloch

Sue Bloch

Lawyer, Professional Author,
Mother & Grandmother

The owners of Dickens Parlour Theatre, Rich and Sue Bloch, differ, even today, as to which of them was the more reluctant to chance a blind date in 1960, arranged by their families and friends. (They agreed to start the evening at 10:00 p.m.: Sue was a cheerleader and didn’t want to be seen at the basketball game with a geek that night. Rich had a date earlier in the evening.)

Rich was knocked out by the new acquaintance. He told his Mom he intended to marry Sue. The record supports the conclusion that Sue was, perhaps, less impressed at the time. According to her diary, she “met a nice guy tonight – Rich BLACK.”

After a college courtship, they were married in 1966. Rich hadn’t told Sue of his life-long romance with Magic: That was a secret that saw the light of day after their two kids were born. Over the years, Rich earned a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth, and an MBA and Law Degree at the University of Michigan. Sue graduated from Smith College. Then, while at Michigan, Sue collected a Masters in Math. And another Masters and PHc in Computer Science. And a Law Degree. It follows, therefore, (doesn’t it?) that they would start a Magic Theatre.

By converting an oversized garage, Rich and Sue were able to open Dickens Parlour Theatre in 2010. Rich put his arm on his Magic friends he had met on cruise ships and stages around the world. Sue, for her part, would (and still does) shed the academic robes of her position as Prof. of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law Center to appear with Rich as the inimitable “Miss Direction”.

Rich and Sue are delighted to have you join us to enjoy the vision that realizes the fun, camaraderie, mystery and joy that Dickens Parlour Theatre is all about. WELCOME!


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